St Joseph's Launches Legal Service to address Elder Abuse

St Vincent's Health Network is thrilled to partner with Justice Connect to establish the first NSW hospital based legal service to prevent elder abuse.

The partnership involves the integration of a Justice Connect Lawyer directly into the health care team to identify elderly patients at risk of abuse.

Traditional methods of delivering legal services to this sector of the community have largely failed due to the multiple barriers that prohibit them from seeking help, however health professionals are well placed to identify the warning signs of elder abuse in their patients - and older people may be more likely to disclose abuse to their carers where trusting relationships have been formed.

The first of it's kind in NSW, this is a wonderful initiative to help protect vulnerable patients in the later stage of their lives that we're really proud to offer. Initially launched at our sister campus - St Joseph's Hospital in Auburn, the service has now been rolled out St Vincent's Darlinghurst.

Special thanks to the Honourable Pru Goward MP, who spoke passionately on this very topic as she joined us for the launch of this exciting commitment to our senior community members.

SJH Justice Connect


Left to right: Paul Robertson AO, SVHA Chairman; Ms Yvonne Lipianin, SVHNS Resident Lawyer; Pru Goward MP; A/Prof Anthony Schembri, CEO SVHNS; and Mr Chris Povey, CEO Justice Connect.