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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    New information toolkit to protect Queensland seniors

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    New information toolkit to protect Queensland seniors

    From today older Queenslanders will be more protected against online scams and door-to-door fraudsters, with the launch of a new information pack covering key financial and legal topics.

    In Townsville, Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke today launched the Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy’s (QADA) information pack in a 2016 diary format for older Queenslanders.   

    “Older Queenslanders have incredible knowledge and experience in our communities, but they may not be comfortable with new technology,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “Sadly, this can make them a target to fraudsters trying to take advantage of them with online scams,” she said.

    “This diary is a great initiative to provide seniors with information on legal issues and how to access support services and available resources.

    “Providing our older Queenslanders with the information and tools they need, empowers them to make informed decisions on issues that are important to them.

    “This diary puts vital information at the fingertips of our seniors, in an accessible form.”

    QADA Chief Executive Officer Geoff Rowe said the 2016 diary covered the full range of important legal topics of concern to seniors, from wills and neighbour disputes, to aged care regulations and consumer issues, outlining seniors’ rights and support services available.

    “Queensland’s seniors have contributed their working lives to our state, building our economy, communities and families, but unfortunately some people use a lack of familiarity with their rights for their own financial gain,” Mr Rowe said.

    “This diary gives seniors critical information to protect their interests and guide them through an increasingly challenging legal environment, providing tips on everything from free mediation services to protecting against elder abuse.”

    Minister O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government recognised the diverse needs of older Queenslanders and had provided $7.5 million towards seniors support programs and services in the 2015-16 state budget.

    “We’re pleased to support organisations like QADA, with more than $540,000 funding this financial year. We also provide more than $2.5 million for Seniors Legal and Support Services across the state, including close to $400,000 for services here in Townsville.”

    The diary is available from QADA at a cost of $10. Telephone 1800 818 338 or visit www.qada.org.au for more information. 

    Media Contact: Minister’s office: 3719 7190 / QADA: 0422 382 310