Shannon Wright has been appointed as the new CEO of the Seniors Rights Service.

Shannon Wright

The service provides aged care advocacy and rights information to older people in NSW with a focus on resourcing and empowering marginal and vulnerable groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and LGBT people.

Ms Wright has held senior leadership roles in the government and non-government sectors for 30 years and has a background in policy and advocacy, including at the NSW Office of Ageing.

She was previously director of community health and regional services at LGBT organisation ACON and director of national service development and delivery with YWCA Australia.

During the time at the NSW Office of Ageing, Ms Wright was responsible for advising the minister on ageing issues and managed the NSW Forum on Ageing. She was also involved in the production of the 2004 Older People in NSW report.

In the last financial year Seniors Rights Service provided 3,000 legal services to older people and more than 7,000 advocacy services to recipients of aged care, and held 756 education events attended by 21,500 people.

In the second half of 2020 it also ran the state-wide Money Matters awareness campaign addressing financial abuse of older people during the pandemic.

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