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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.

Older women in a park

Planning Ahead – South Yarra

City of Melbourne invite you to a free workshop run by Seniors Rights Victoria to help you enjoy life as you age.

Light refreshments will be provided.

​‘Planning Ahead’ is a simple session about how to appoint an Enduring Power of Attorney who – if need be – can make decisions on your behalf.

No bookings required

Older women in a park

Planning Ahead – Library at the Dock

City of Melbourne invites you to attend a free workshop run by Seniors Rights Victoria to help you enjoy life as you age.

Light refreshments will be provided.

​‘Planning Ahead’ is a simple session about how to appoint an Enduring Power of Attorney who – if need be – can make decisions on your behalf.

No bookings required.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event for City of Darebin

R E S P E C T – Find out what it means to me

In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition. It is a global social issue which affects the health, well-being, independence and human rights of older people around the globe. Playback Theatre and Darebin Council invite you to come along to a performance piece celebrating the contribution of older people to our community. This is a conversation about respect and what it means to you.

Light refreshments will be provided. Call 8470 8063 to book or to arrange transport.

RSVP via Eventbrite

 

 

Elder Abuse Response & Prevention Expo Friday 28th June 2019 (In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2019)

Western Health is hosting an Expo to provide an opportunity for health professionals to meet and build awareness of services that support people experiencing elder abuse in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.

Over 18 Exhibitors will be present including:
Anglicare, Australian Vietnamese Womens Assoc,
Carers Victoria, Migrant Resource Centre—North West,
Office of the Public Advocate, Seniors Rights Victoria, State Trustees,
Victoria Police, Womens Health West & many more.

Official opening at 12:30:
• Opening Address: Russell Harrison (Western Health CEO)
• Performance by the Western Health choir.
• Refreshments provided.
• Freebies and resources available.

RSVP

RSVP online at Eventbrite.

World Elder Abuse Day Forum – Eltham Library

We all want to be treated well and treated with respect no matter where we are in life. Sometimes as we get older, we experience disrespectful behaviour from people we know and trust. When this happens it’s important to know that there is help and support available.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) occurs on 15th June each year. It’s an opportunity to reinforce that as people age, they have the right to live in dignity and with respect.

Come along to a free forum (afternoon tea provided) for an interactive discussion with a speaker from Seniors Rights Victoria. Seniors Rights Victoria is a free service that assists people over 60 years of age and who live in Victoria.

Bookings essential for catering purposes, visit https://weaad-eltham.eventbrite.com.au.

For more information or assistance with your booking please contact Positive Ageing Officer, Katie Camilleri on 9433 3345 or email positive.ageing@nillumbik.vic.gov.au.

Please note that another session is also being held at Diamond Valley Library at 10.30am – visit https://weaad-diamondvalley.eventbrite.com.au.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum – Diamond Valley Library

We all want to be treated well and treated with respect no matter where we are in life. Sometimes as we get older, we experience disrespectful behaviour from people we know and trust. When this happens it’s important to know that there is help and support available.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) occurs on 15th June each year. It’s an opportunity to reinforce that as people age, they have the right to live in dignity and with respect.

Come along to a free forum (morning tea provided) at Diamond Valley Library for an interactive discussion with a speaker from Seniors Rights Victoria. Seniors Rights Victoria is a free service that assists people over 60 years of age and who live in Victoria.

Bookings essential for catering purposes, online at https://weaad-diamondvalley.eventbrite.com.au.

For more information or assistance with your booking please contact Positive Ageing Officer, Katie Camilleri on 9433 3345 or email positive.ageing@nillumbik.vic.gov.au.

Please note that another session is also being held at Eltham Library at 1.30pm – book online at https://weaad-eltham.eventbrite.com.au.

Ararat Elder Abuse Awareness Forum

Elder Abuse Awareness Forum Ararat

Join us for this public forum raising awareness of elder abuse, discussing how to recognise it and sharing how to combat it.
Featuring special guests

  • Gerard Mansour: Commissioner for Senior Victorians
  • Kathy Day: General Manager- People & Community Support Grampians Community Health
  • Plus expert panel discussion.

RSVP by Tuesday 11th June with any special dietary requirements to:
(03) 5338 4518 | louisef@bchc.org.au

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Professional Education Forum

A free World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum for professionals, staff and workers in Shepparton and regions. Bookings essential – RSVP with Eventbrite.

Seniors Rights Victoria, the key community agency working in elder abuse in Victoria, is holding a free professional education forum in Shepparton.

The forum will be opened by Gerard Mansour, the Victorian Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Staff from Seniors Rights Victoria will present on indicators and responses, risk assessment and safety planning and capacity and elder abuse.

This forum will be relevant for professionals and staff working directly with older people in the health, aged, legal, government and community sectors. A catered morning tea will be served during the forum.

Download the flyer here.

Older lady looking for information

Communities working together in the prevention of Elder Abuse

An invitation to participate in the North East Victorian workshop discussing Elder Abuse in our regional Communities.
It is our hope to raise awareness and have a dialogue concerning Elder Abuse, in commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Our aim is that we as a community group be a catalyst for change and prevention of abuse to our older Australians.

The workshop will presented by Maria Berry, Health Consumer Representative and Founder of Communities of Respect .

Points of interactive discussion will include:

  • Ageism -what does it look like, is it in our communities?
  • Are we valuing & respecting our older community members?
  • Elder Abuse in regional Australia
  • Support networks in North East Victoria
  • What are people doing now? What can we do, better together?

Older Persons Advocacy Network Educator, Maree Montgomery will be joining in on the day talking about Elder Abuse.

Please join us for morning tea, a great opportunity to reflect on WEAAD. RSVP via Eventbrite.