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WEAAD 2019

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. Rates of elder abuse are under reported, but the Australian Institute of Family Studies estimates up to 14 per cent of older people in Australia are affected.

Around Victoria, a variety of events and activities are being organised. This year’s events include information sessions and forums covering topics from how to recognise elder abuse, to how to protect your rights and where to find help.

Groups and individuals are encouraged to wear the symbolic purple colour of WEAAD and share information with their friends, families and communities. Melbourne Town Hall will be dressing for the occasion on June 15, with WEAAD banners on display and purple lights illuminating it.

It’s easy for anyone to get involved in WEAAD. Our toolkit has been updated for 2019 and is full of ideas and resources to get you started. It includes information on how to order merchandise like purple ribbons, along with links to posters, social media and web banners. We’ve also included our Finish the Sentence poster from 2017.

If you are active on social media, join Seniors Rights Victoria on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date. We love seeing what activities everyone gets involved in, so make sure you tag or share your photos with us.

If you are an older Victorian experiencing elder abuse or are concerned about an older person, call Seniors Rights Victoria’s confidential helpline on 1300 368 821 Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Warm Safe Home Forum

South West Carer & Respite Services Network and Seniors Rights Victoria invite you to join us for the 2020 Regional Forum: The Warm Safe Home Forum- preventing elder abuse across our region.

Where: Online Webinar

When: 10:30am – 12 noon Thursday 18th June

Please see the attached invitation for further details

Community members and professionals are encouraged to attend this important event will build the capacity of our region to work together to identify and prevent elder abuse. This 90 minute webinar will include a keynote address by Hon. Susan Ryan AO which will be followed by a panel discussion led by Seniors Rights Victoria.

This informative panel discussion will allow local service providers to respond to an elder abuse case study informed by the current Covid-19 pandemic.The panel will include representatives from Victoria Police Family Violence Unit, Housing for the Aged Action Group, Bethany Family Services Financial Counselling, Aged Care Assessment Service, and Emma House Family Violence Response Service. This panel discussion will increase understanding of the role of different services in responding to and preventing elder abuse.

Registrations are essential for this free webinar. A limited number of places are available for people without internet to access the forum over the phone- please inquire when booking.

Contact Elder Abuse Prevention Project Worker Dr. Becky Nevin Berger for bookings E: rnevinberger@mpower.org.au T: 5561 8111

Downloadable PDF: The Warm Safe Home Forum

Free Level 1 training: Recognising and responding to suspected elder abuse – two sessions to be live streamed in June!

Presented by Monash Health in conjunction with the Bouverie Centre.

Funded by DHHS as part of the Integrated Model of Care for Responding to Suspected Elder Abuse.


Session 1: Thursday 18th June, 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Session 2: Monday 29th June, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Where: Live streamed to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or other mobile device.


This interactive workshop is designed to assist workers to more confidently:

  • Recognise elder abuse – the risk factors, types and signs
  • Respond sensitively to older people at risk of, or experiencing elder abuse, & their carers/family
  • Know the types of services available and make appropriate referrals.

Who should attend: 

Hospital and community services staff, including allied health, nursing and medical personnel, assessment workers, care coordinators, case managers, mental health workers and community support staff, etc.

Duration: 3 hours


This workshop builds on The Victorian Government’s elder abuse prevention online training module – http://elderabuseprevention.e3learning.com.au . It is recommended that participants complete the online training prior to attending.


Technical requirements: 

  • Desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device
  • Internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • While not essential, a webcam or HD webcam may enhance training experience

How to register:

Session 1 –https://events.bouverie.org.au/link/id/zzzz5a4c20a8cc651986/regform?evuid=zzzz5eb35c089f442596

Session 2 – https://events.bouverie.org.au/link/id/zzzz5a4c20a8cc651986/regform?evuid=zzzz5ebdced12f69e621

Click on the “Confirm registration” button after submitting your initial details.

You will receive a message on the screen that states “Thank you for registering” and a confirmation email when your application has been lodged successfully.


Questions about the training? Please direct your enquiries to:

Michelle Wills on p) 8481 4825, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or e) m.wills@latrobe.edu.au




United Nations Webinar – The Impact of Covid-19 on Violence, Abuse and Neglect of Older Persons

Register Here

The UN General Assembly designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (res. A/ RES/66/127). Elder abuse is one of the most hidden and underreported human rights violations.

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on older persons including distressing reports of instances of abuse and neglect of older persons in long term care institutions. Not only older persons are at a high risk of serious illness and mortality, but they are also stigmatized through abusive language in both the conventional and social media.

Despite the lack of reliable data on the actualscale of elder abuse in the community where the majority of older persons live, emerging reports reveal the high impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both in the rise of cases of abuse and in the disruption of the services and protective measures.

The UN Secretary-General in his Policy BriefThe Impact of Covid-19 on Older Persons warned thatmeasures to restrict movement may trigger greater incidence of violence against older persons and all types of abuse –physical, emotional, financial and sexual as well as neglect.

The lack of adequate legislation at national level to protect the rights of older persons and the absence of a dedicated internationally agreed legal framework, contribute to the vulnerability of older persons and may have contributed to the inadequate responses to the COVID-19 crisis and that these gaps must be filled.WEAAD 2020 is dedicated to H.E. Mr. Martin Garcia Moritan. Ambassador of Argentina to the UN, for his dedicated pursuit of the promotion of the Human Rights of older persons.


  • Ms. Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief Program on Ageing Unit, United Nations (UN DESA)
  • Monica Ferro, Director, Geneva Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Alejandro Verdier, Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentine to the UN in NY
  • Robert Muller, Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN, Geneva

Members of the Groups of Friends of Older Persons, UN, NY and Geneva


  • Ms. Claudia Mahler, UN Independent Expert on The Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons
  • Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of Department of Social Determinants of Health, WHO

WHO’s New Guidance on Elder Abuse and COVID-19

  • Jilenne Gunther, AARP Bank Safe

Fighting Financial Exploitation

  • Kikelomo (Kiki) Laniyonu Edwards, Dementia Care Society of Nigeria

COVID-19: Increasing the Risk of Abuse of Persons with Dementia

  • Michael S. Mulvery, University of Ottawa

An Outbreak of Ageist Discourse in Social Media

08.00—09.00 EST (NY)

14.00—15.00 CET (Geneva)

10.00pm11.00pm EST (Australia)

Downloadable Flyer: WEAAD 16 June 2020 Final

Stir A Cuppa For Seniors – Purple Tea

It’s easier than ever to help spread awareness for WEAAD 2020! Show your support this 15 June without even leaving your home by ‘Stirring a Cuppa for Seniors’.

This year, WEAAD coincides with a period in time where social events are impacted by Covid19, however Seniors Rights Victoria is holding an online Purple Tea called ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’ to support WEAAD and still maintain safe physical distancing.

Seniors Rights Victoria and Council On The Ageing staff and volunteers will connect over a cuppa with invited guests virtually on Zoom, whilst wearing purple or with something purple prominent in their Zoom frame to acknowledge WEAAD. This event will be shared to social media to promote WEAAD.

We encourage other organisations and members of the community to host their own ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’ Purple Tea and share their photos to social media with the hashtag #WEAAD.

For more information in a downloadable PDF click here:  Stir A Cuppa For Seniors

FCVic Special Forum – Elder Abuse Webinar

2 CPD points Skills


**THIS IS AN OPEN SESSION – Designed for financial counsellors of all levels of experience**

PRESENTED BY Guest panellists:

Michelle Perry – No to Violence

Marnie Coghlan – Seniors Rights Victoria

CPD CORE TOPIC: Elder abuse

Join us for this Special Forum on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This 90-minute interactive webinar is open to all financial counsellors. Working with case scenarios, we will explore how to:

    • Work more effectively with older people who may be vulnerable to, or experiencing, financial abuse
    • Work more effectively with people, typically family members, who may be perpetrating financial elder abuse.

The Special Forum forms part of FCVic’s Elder Abuse project.


To satisfy your professional obligations – and to be awarded points for attendance – you are required to participate in the entire session. We thank you for your commitment to our Code of Ethics.

Find out more at: https://fcvic.org.au/events-calendar/

Free Live Online Training: Responding To Elder Abuse

1.00pm to 4.00pm

Monday June 15th, 2020


Presented by The Bouverie Centre, in partnership with the SWC&RSN Elder Abuse Prevention Network

This interactive workshop is designed to assist health, aged care and community practitioners respond when elder abuse is suspected or disclosed.

Build your confidence to:

  • Recognise the signs and understand the complexities of elder abuse
  • Apply the principles of person-centred, family inclusive practice to communicate with the older person about the abuse and, as appropriate, their family members and carers
  • In collaboration with the older person and guided by their wishes, plan appropriate follow up and/or referral
  • Respond when an older person does not want to take any action in relation to the abuse
  • Understand your responsibilities in reporting suspected elder abuse

Who should participate?

Anyone working directly with older people. For example, in home care, assessment services, aged care, carer and family support, social work, nursing, allied health, housing, legal and accounting businesses, AOD, family violence, mental health, etc


Log in details to follow upon registration


  • Desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device
  • Internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built‐in or
  • USB plug‐in or wireless Bluetooth
  • While not essential, a webcam or HD webcam may enhance training experience

This workshop builds on The Victorian Government’s elder abuse prevention online training module so participants are encouraged to complete the online training prior to attending.


Click on the following link or copy and paste it into the address bar in your web browser


  • Follow the prompts to enter in your details and click on the “Finalise Registration” button.
  • Check over your details and click on the “Confirm registration” button


Contact Michelle Wills

e) m.wills@latrobe.edu.au or

p) 03 8481 4800

This free training is funded by Department of Health and Human Services.

Certificates will be provided upon completion of the training.

Monash Health World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event

Monday 15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD); an opportunity to promote awareness of elder abuse in our community and the impacts it has on the health, wellbeing and independence of older people.

The Monash Health family violence team is hosting an event to highlight our continued work in providing employees with the information and tools they need to identify and respond to elder abuse.

The event will also provide employees and local partners with a better understanding of the new guardianship laws and how they support the human rights of older people.

Join Chief Executive Andrew Stripp, Interim Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Katrina Nankervis, and special guest Brendan Klimek, an experienced Advocate Guardian from the Office of the Public Advocate.

Monash Health Elder Abuse Liaison Officer, Selina Nivelle and a representative from Better Place Australia, will also be online to answer questions about how Monash Health manages issues of elder abuse and how you can access their support via secondary consultations.

Join us via Webex to learn more and ask your questions about the issue.

Time and Date

• Monday 15 June

• 1.00pm – 2.15pm

What will the event cover?

• Presentation on Changes to Guardianship Laws – older people have human rights too, Brendan Klimek, Advocate Guardian, Office of the Public Advocate

• Explanation of Monash Health’s role leading an Integrated Model of Care for Responding to suspected elder abuse, Selina Nivelle, Monash Health Elder Abuse Liaison Officer.

• The opportunity for you to ask question to our panel of experts via slido.


Join the Webex event:

Event address: https://monashhealth-events.webex.com/monashhealthevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e98642461b3bf463996c7b3c6b788779d

Password: monashhealth

Event Number: 165 276 3669

Use the event link on your computer or the event number on your Webex smartphone app to join this event.

Webex Events require extra steps to log in, including the event password, so please allow five minutes to join before the event start time.

Participate and ask questions using Slido

Our panel of experts will be here to help increase awareness and understanding by answering your questions. So, feel free to ask during the event. Simply log on log on to slido.com using your web browser or smartphone and enter the code #WEAAD2020.

Free Webinar – Sexual Abuse of Older Women

Join Dr Catherine Barrett (OPAL Institute) in a live webinar, as she discusses how to understand, prevent and respond to the sexual abuse of older women. Catherine will be joined by leading advocates Yumi Lee (Older Women’s Network NSW) and Kerrin Bradfield (Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence). The moderator is journalist Caroline Baum.

Register Here

Dr Catherine Barrett is an educator, researcher, academic and capacity builder and an advocate for the rights of older people.

Catherine has written a compelling article on the sexual abuse of older women. You can read the article here.