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.

We were pleased to see so many communities coming together to celebrate the rights of older people and raise awareness about elder abuse. In Victoria alone, more than 40 events took place, with the support of local councils, public libraries, community legal centres, neighbourhood houses, aged care facilities, health services and other organisations. Awareness of elder abuse was also raised through print media, radio, television and social media.

We thank all of the organisations and individuals who “went purple” on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to support the rights of older people to live safely and with dignity.

Each year, Seniors Rights Victoria receives thousands of enquiries from people experiencing elder abuse or worried about someone they know. Elder abuse, a type of family violence, includes any act which harms an older person and is carried out by someone they trust such as an adult child, family member, partner, carer or friend. For free, confidential help, call Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821.

Pictured: Seniors Rights Victoria staff at the WEAAD 2017 Forum at Melbourne Town Hall

Tech Savvy Seniors – Online Shopping & Smartphones Workshop, Bairnsdale (29 June)

Free training sessions for older people on how to access information and stay connected with family, friends and communities in Bairnsdale on 29 June 2017. Please RSVP on (03) 5152 4225 or book in person at an East Gippsland Shire Library.

The first workshop from 10.00am to 12.30pm is an Introduction to Online Shopping and Banking and covers: Researching products and suppliers, payment methods, eBay (buying only) and discussion about net-banking and paying bills online.

The second workshop from 1.30pm to 4.00pm is an Introduction to Smartphones and helps you learn the basics of navigating your way around a smartphone (iPhone or Android) with a touchscreen.

Planning Ahead – Community Information Session, Melbourne

Join City Library and Seniors Rights Victoria on 26 June 2017 to find out more about how and why to create Enduring Powers of Attorney, and enjoy a free morning tea. Enduring Powers of Attorney are legal documents which allow a person of your choice to manage your assets, medical treatment and financial affairs if you are unable to do so due to accident or illness. Information will also be provided about elder abuse and how to protect your rights. Please RSVP on (03) 9658 9190 or

Elder Abuse Forum with Commissioner for Senior Victorians – Mornington

The Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE) and Mornington Peninsula Shire invite you to attend a free public information forum and afternoon tea on 22 June 2017. Keynote speaker will be Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Victorian Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. A speaker from Seniors Rights Victoria will present about recognising elder abuse and seeking help. Bookings not required. Enquiries Positive Ageing Officer (03) 5950 1733.

Seniors Scam Information Session – Melton

Consumer Affairs Victoria is working with public libraries to reduce the detriment caused by scammers by building greater awareness and understanding of online scams among older Victorians. To learn more about common types of scams and how to avoid them, come along to this information session on 20 June 2017, presented by Consumer Affairs Victoria. RSVP or (03) 9747 5300.

Knowing & Protecting Your Rights – Russian Forum & Morning Tea, St Kilda Library

The City of Port Phillip Older Persons Consultative Committee invites you to its annual free forum, Knowing and Protecting Your Rights. Gain information about your needs and rights regarding home, health and finance. Seniors Rights Victoria speaker, Gary Ferguson, with a Russian interpreter, will provide information on how you can play a proactive role to feel healthier, safer and more secure in your home and life. The presentation runs for an hour, with a second hour for questions to members of Seniors Rights Victoria, Council on the Ageing and community groups. Information pamphlets will be available. Morning tea is provided. Please RSVP by 8 June 2017 to ASSIST 9209 6777 or

Ежегодный форум Консультативного комитета пожилых людей
Знать и отстаивать ваши права

Приглашаем вас на ежегодный форум
Вы получите информацию о ваших потребностях и правах в связи с жильем, охраной
здоровья и финансовыми вопросами.
Представитель организации Seniors Rights
Victoria Gary Ferguson и выступающие от
греческой/русской общины предоставят
вам информацию о том, как вы можете
сыграть активную роль в укреплении своего
здоровья и повышении своей безопасности
и защищенности у себя дома и вне дома.
Выступления (включая вопросы и ответы)
продлятся час. В течение второго часа
вам представится возможность задать
вопросы лично представителям Seniors
Rights, Council of the Ageing (COTA) и групп
общественной активности. Вам также будут
предложены информационные брошюры.
Во время форума состоится утреннее
чаепитие / полдник.
Даты, время и язык форума
Вторник 13 июня 10.00 – 12.00 (на английском языке)
St Kilda Town Hall Council Chambers
Среда 14 июня 10.00 – 12.00 (на греческом языке)
Port Melbourne Town Hall Auditorium
14.00 – 16.00 (на английском языке)
Port Melbourne Town Hall Auditorium
Вторник 20 июня 10.00 – 12.00 (на русском языке)
Зал для общественных мероприятий библиотеки района St Kilda
Просим сообщить о своем желании прийти на форум не позднее
четверга 8 июня, позвонив в службу ASSIST по номеру 9209 6777 или послав
сообщение по адресу
Если вам нужен транспорт, просим сказать об этом работнику службы ASSIST, когда
вы будете сообщать о своем желании посетить форум.

Seniors Scam Information Session – Caroline Springs

Consumer Affairs Victoria is working with public libraries to reduce the detriment caused by scammers by building greater awareness and understanding of online scams among older Victorians. To learn more about common types of scams and how to avoid them, come along to this information session on 19 June 2017, presented by Consumer Affairs Victoria. RSVP or (03) 9747 5300.

Launch of Vietnamese Elder Abuse Prevention Resources

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association invite you to the launch of Vietnamese Elder Abuse Awareness Resources and afternoon tea on 16 June 2017. The resources address the issue of mistreatment of older people in the Vietnamese community and include a bilingual flyer and tools to support community education. Elder abuse is often hidden in ethnic communities, due to shame, the stigma of admitting that a family relationship has broken down and not knowing where to turn for help. This event will be helpful for health and community sector workers and members of the Vietnamese community. Please register via Eventbrite, link below, or call (03) 9428 9078. Vietnamese Resource Launch flyer