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Bribie Island Police get older, safer, wiser

Malcolm Paterson (Office of the Public Trustee), Geoff Cameron (The Public Trustee), Colette Bots (Lawyer Caxton Legal Centre), Helen Wallace (Social Worker Caxton Legal Centre), Deane Lawrie (Elder Abuse Prevention Unit), Kath Collins (Plain Clothes Senior Constable – Financial and Cyber Crime Group), David Crawford-Raby (Senior Sergeant OIC Bribie Island), Leisa Wathen (Acting Senior Sergeant – Elder Abuse Project Officer Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons unit).

On June 22 the Queensland Police Service hosted a Seniors Information Forum at the Bribie Island RSL focused on the theme of “are you in control?”

The forum contained significant information for older Queenslanders about public safety and crime prevention and was conducted in partnership with the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit, Uniting Care, Caxton Legal Centre, the Public Trustee and the Public Guardians.

The information session was attended by 65 Queensland seniors and was well received by attendees who said they gained new information and would take action on the messages they received.

During the forum the Caxton Legal Centre performed a play that saw volunteer Meg participate in an innovative portrayal of elder abuse within a family situation.

The performance delivered a strong message to the audience, presenting a positive outcome for Meg which was achieved with the combined intervention of police and support services which saw her character regain control of her life.

At the end of the performance Meg received rave reviews as her re-empowered character was re-engaging in her passion for art and painting.

This event was supported by the Officer in Charge of Bribie Island Police, Senior Sergeant David Crawford-Raby and was endorsed by the local member of Parliament, Pumicestone MP Rick Williams.

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