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Elder Abuse: Everyone’s business

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

WEAAD was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011. According to the World Health Organisation, prevalence rates or estimates exist only in selected developed countries – ranging from 1 to 10 per cent. Although the extent of elder mistreatment is unknown, its social and moral significance is obvious. read more

Community Rallies to Stop Elder Abuse

On 15 June 2017, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we stood together as a community in saying “we can stop elder abuse”.

Seniors Rights Victoria and the Office of Public Advocate hosted a booked-out forum at Melbourne Town Hall, at which the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, launched (via video link) the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report ‘Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response’. We welcomed the release of the Report and commend the Australian Government on recognising the need for this Inquiry, which will provide a strong foundation for future action. read more

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum 2017 – Safeguarding Older Australians

June 15 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate and Seniors Rights Victoria invite you to a free 2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum in Melbourne on Thursday 15 June.

At the forum, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, Attorney-General, will launch the Report of the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into ‘Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse’.

We will also hear from key presenters:

  • President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM; and
  • Hon. Dr. Kay Patterson AO, Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner.

Part two of the forum will help you gain a practical understanding of how some key organisations are responding to elder abuse. Our lively and interactive Q&A panel will include: read more

New report for WEAAD: “The Older Person’s Experience – Outcomes of Interventions into Elder Abuse”

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On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) the National Ageing Research Institute and Senior’s Rights Victoria  released  their new report: “The Older Person’s Experience – Outcomes of Interventions into Elder Abuse”.

The study aimed to better understand the older person’s experience of elder abuse, the interventions used to address elder abuse and the outcome of the intervention for ex-clients who contacted Seniors Rights Victoria. It makes for very interesting and informative reading, and is the only Australian study we know of that looks at elder abuse from older peoples’ perspective. The report also contains recommendations, formed from the advice of the courageous participants, which will be of great use to both older people and policy-makers alike. read more

WEAAD 2016 – Whitehorse City Council

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For WEAAD 2016, Whitehorse City Council, in partnership with Celebrate Ageing, undertook the “My Cosy Project ”, whereby adults share things they love about their own ageing.

We asked people from various community groups (e.g. Neighbourhood Houses and U3A Nunawading) to write down what they liked about ageing and encouraged people to wear purple. We also had three delicious purple cakes made for Council staff and PAG participants at Mountain View Cottage. read more

WEAAD 2016 – Mildura Rural City Council

World Elder Absue Expo 2 17062016 World Elder Abuse Expo 17062016 We lit up some buildings in purple on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and also held a Mini Expo in the mall on Friday that was very successful. We spoke to many people about Elder Abuse as well as services that are available and where to get more information. We also had some people come specifically to get information and support as they had seen the advertising for WEAAD.See our Media.

WEAAD 2016 – Yarra Ranges Council

YRCThis year there were many ‘We can stop elder abuse’ awareness raising activities throughout the Yarra Ranges Council including purple biscuits created by Tasty Az catering. Information flyers, purple ribbons and bookmarks were available for residents and staff. On 15 June, Leading Senior Constable Linda Hancock presented at Council’s “We can stop elder abuse’ lunch. She provided data on reported elder abuse in Yarra Ranges and the Yarra Ranges Police Community Safety Register. Yarra Ranges Council’s You Tube clip for WEAAD has been praised widely for it’s innovative nature. read more

WEAAD 2016 – Knox City Council

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At Knox we had a display board in our main reception area and all counter staff had ribbons and leaflets to distribute during the week.  The WEAAD information was also shown on the LCD screen behind reception and on the KCC website homepage, and a message was included on our on-hold call service.

We also distributed around 500 ribbons and leaflets to staff and posted WEAAD facts every day for a week on our Intranet.  We held a Morning Tea at the Civic Centre, with 500 purple themed biscuits and had a ‘best dressed in purple’ award. We also put up a display in the Active Ageing and Disability Services Department. The Active Communities Team held a presentation by a representative of Seniors Rights Victoria at the Bayswater Senior Citizens Centre and also promoted awareness of the issue during their Planned Activity Groups. read more

WEAAD 2016 – cohealth

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On June 16, cohealth organized a PURPLE lunch event at 94 Ormond Street Kensington. Eighty Chinese and Vietnamese residents attended. An elder abuse awareness information session was presented in Mandarin and English via a Vietnamese interpreter. Videos of cases were shown and a lawyer from Justice Connect presented on the rights of seniors. This was followed by lunch and the sharing of a purple cake.

The message of WEAAD is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older people wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. read more

WEAAD 2016 – Melbourne Library

WEAAD1Melbourne Library Service hosted Gary Ferguson from Seniors Rights Victoria for a community information session on Enduring Powers of Attorney at our East Melbourne branch on Tuesday 21 June.

Seventeen people (most of them seniors) attended this session. Gary delivered an engaging presentation and fielded questions from the audience throughout the session. Attendees were treated to a morning tea and a copy of the Take Control: A guide for making Enduring Powers of Attorney kit. They were informed about how Seniors Rights Victoria can advise them and how they advocate on behalf of older Victorians. They were also brought up to date on changes to laws affecting powers of attorney, and suggestions on what to consider when deciding who to appoint. The group clearly enjoyed the presentation, with many of them staying behind to speak with Gary or chat amongst themselves over morning tea. read more