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OPALS lawyer Tilé Imo celebrates one year anniversary

13 August 2020

Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service (OPALS) lawyer Tilé Imo is celebrating his first 12 months on the job supporting older patients to break free from abuse.

OPALS, a special collaboration between Metro South Health and Caxton Legal Centre Inc. brings together lawyers, social workers and health professionals, to proactively intervene in cases where older patients are at risk of, or experiencing, elder abuse.

After working remotely during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Queensland, Mr Imo is now back on site at PA Hospital on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is available from 9am-5pm for secondary consultations and direct consults on remaining workdays by phone. 

Dr Anne-Louise McCawley, Statewide Clinical Education Program Manager - Social Work and Welfare based at PA Hospital, said patients and their advocates should not feel shy about contacting Tilé for support. 

“When off-site, Tilé is often visiting patients in the community or other community teams or at QEII but if there is an urgent direct consultation, he can work with that too.” 

OPALS' success in its first 12 months of operation has allowed it to expand to employ one other lawyer to work across Redland and Logan Hospitals; however, Tilé will continue to manage PA Hospital patient concerns. 

"I will be transitioning back to working at the hospital again five days per week face-to-face," Tilé said.

"Inpatients can ask to be referred to the hospital social worker, and the social worker can then refer that patient's case on to me. Alternatively, they can contact Caxton Legal directly for assistance." 

More information about OPALS.

Last updated 2 October 2020
Last reviewed 13 August 2020

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