There was an excellent staff turnout to our WEAAD event and a fascinating speaker, Pauline Meaney, from Elder Rights Victoria. She shared a number of case studies with staff, some of whom knew nothing or very little about elder abuse. This was definitely an awareness raising session with discussion amongst staff afterwards. We appreciated learning what the issues are – and the avenues to seek assistance. Look forward to next year.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Aged & Disability Services Unit worked with the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE) on a range of events to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in June including:
15 June 2016 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – an annual day designated by the United Nations to focus public attention on this insidious problem.
Seniors Rights Victoria appeared in the Herald Sun newspaper and in an Elder Abuse Talkback Forum with Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne.
Seniors Rights Victoria also hosted an event for 90 people at Lander & Rogers law firm, where the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, the Hon. Fiona Richardson MP, spoke eloquently about the Government’s actions on elder abuse, and announced some new funding for Seniors Rights Victoria to help more local service providers and community groups prevent elder abuse. Jennifer Evans, a long-time peer educator, then presented one woman’s moving story of elder abuse, which was followed by a community education video developed with the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.
On Monday 15 June a number of events occurred throughout Victoria to raise awareness of the serious issue of elder abuse on the United Nation’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). See http://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/events/
Seniors Rights Victoria held a special event at the Melbourne Town Hall, which was lit up in the WEAAD color purple for the night. Jenny Blakey, the Manager of Senior Rights Victoria, welcomed guests including the Victorian Minister for Ageing, Martin Foley, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Susan Riley, the Commissioner for Older Victorians Gerard Mansour, the Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, Frank Vincent QC and Barbara Mountjouris, Manager, Senior Programs, Department of Health and Human Services.
Manningham City Council recognised World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Monday 15 June with an afternoon tea and a guest speaker from the Eastern Community Legal Centre to help raise the profile of this important issue. The event was hosted by Councillor Meg Downie and attended by senior management of Council and community members representing senior groups and community organisations based in Manningham.
This year Council supported a group of older Manningham residents and five seniors’ groups who volunteered their time, effort and in many cases their wool to create an art installation for the Manningham City Municipal Offices in Doncaster. The installation represented a tranquil garden setting and sent a strong message of hope that as a community “we can stop elder abuse”. Participants knitted more than 200 wool squares to form the trees and pathways and over 600 individual flowers for the garden including daffodils, roses, fuchsias and daisies. Many conversations about elder abuse were had as participants worked together to create the installation. The installation remained for several weeks over June and July and sent a message to anybody coming to council that “we can stop elder abuse”.
See also this wonderful video from the Yarra Ranges Council.
And hear a new song about elder abuse.
This is the office of the Eastern Community Legal Centre. Kaz is Seniors Rights Victoria’s Elder Abuse Prevention Co-ordinator.
Please find below two posters for WEEAD you can print out and stick in your homes, offices, shop windows or anywhere else you see fit. They look great accompanied by some purple balloons! Please note the posters are designed for professional printing – quality may vary with in-house machines.
The first poster is a general one:
The second must be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can then add in the details of you own WEAAD event:
Please distribute the posters as widely as you can, and contact us if you have any questions.
Seniors Rights Victoria WEAAD bookmarks and magnets are now available. Please see the designs below:
You can order them directly from Frank at Lexicon Art on (03) 9946 5193 or firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 250 (minimum quantity) – $177.10 inc GST
- 500 – $202.40 inc GST
- 1000 – $214.50 inc GST