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CaLD Elder Rights Pilot Project

To find out about our upcoming community workshops, download our Elder Rights community workshops flyer 

This project is exploring community perceptions and levels of awareness of elder rights and elder abuse to inform the development of culturally appropriate messaging and materials.

We are exploring the use of language regarding elder rights and abuse within marginalised groups, with a specific focus on seniors and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds.

The goal is to help facilitate the development of targeted community legal education resources that reduce stigma and improve access to support for CaLD seniors facing rights violations and abuse.

The pilot project methodology includes co-design with CaLD community leaders through information sessions and engagement with CaLD communities in the Perth metro area.

Two information sessions were held in March, attended by 17 community champions from different cultural and linguistic groups in the Perth metro. Pictured below are some of the community champions with project representatives at the Hillview Intercultural Community Centre in Bentley and the Laguna Club in Dianella.

The feedback from these sessions was overwhelmingly positive. Many participants said they had not been aware of the free legal support available and now had a better understanding of the cultural-linguistic barriers to dealing with this sensitive issue.

“There are wonderful support services available. We need to continue discussing outreach and access in our communities,” said one community champion.

Watch this insightful 15-minute interview with FECCA Chairperson Mary Patetsos on elder abuse in diverse communities in Australia: Elder Abuse in Diverse Communities – Mary Patetsos (youtube.com)

See our pamphlet below on the types of elder abuse and some tips on how to identify it. You can also download it here Elder Rights pamphlet.

Project deliverables

The project aims to build the capacity of local CaLD communities and service providers to better support CaLD seniors and their families by:

    • Increasing awareness and understanding of elder rights and elder abuse.
    • Mapping community understanding of the concepts of elder rights and abuse, including knowledge of referral pathways and services.
    • Assessing the understanding of indicators of elderly abuse.
    • Examining perceptions of elderly abuse amongst the target communities.
    • Referring at-risk individuals or families.
    • Identifying cultural and linguistic barriers to effective engagement.
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of current information and awareness campaigns.
    • Recommending ways to improve elder rights awareness and support.

Get in touch with Project Coordinator Kristen Soon on 0410 514 647 to find out more or email krissoon@gmail.com. Alternatively, call Project Manager Donna Gibson during office hours on 9075 4411.

We are proud to be partnering with Legal Aid WA to deliver this pilot project from February to November 2024, with funding from the Department of Communities. For more information and resources on elder rights, go to the Elder Rights WA webpage here.


Our CaLD Elder Rights Pilot Project will explore how elder rights and elder abuse are understood in CaLD communities.