World Elder Abuse Awareness day Warrnambool Archie Graham Centre

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Warrnambool

Find out about how to prevent elder abuse and learn about the support services that are available.

Guest speakers from Warrnambool Police and the Victims Assistance Program.

Join us for afternoon tea and the launch of the Warm Safe Home community art project.

For more information, contact Elder Abuse Prevention Project Worker, Becky Nevin Burger on 0408879117 or

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Safeguarding your rights dignity and independence

Come along and connect with other seniors over afternoon tea. Learn tips and strategies on how to safeguard your rights and seek advice on the prevention of elder abuse. Chat one on one with professionals from Seniors Rights Victoria, Relationships Australia Victoria, Doncare and Manningham Council.

Location: Function Room 3, Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Bookings are essential. To book, visit


Protecting your own future

An information session for people over 60 covering the topics of:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Maintaining positive family relationships and friendship networks
  • Positive and healthy ageing.

Download the flyer here.

Bookings are essential. Book via Eventbrite, or contact Tracey Bolitho – phone 8587 0142 or email

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Seniors Rights Victoria Talk – Planning Ahead

Older Melburnians, you are invited to attend free workshops run by Seniors Rights Victoria: ‘Planning Ahead’. ‘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.

Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP required.

Media Release – WEAAD 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Seniors Rights Victoria highlights links between mental health and elder abuse.

June 15 is designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It highlights one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.

This year, WEAAD coincides with the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Mental Health.

“Elder abuse and mental health are interlinked, with elder abuse having devastating psychological effects on an older person, including depression and anxiety. This, in turn, can lead to social isolation, a significant risk factor for further abuse,” said Jenny Blakey, Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) Manager.

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. 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.

One of SRV’s clients described how experiencing elder abuse affected her mental health, causing stress, anxiety and depression. “I got to the point where I was so stressed that I could not function anymore. I had to go to work; I could not eat, I could not function,” the older woman recounted.

Another client said “I think it was just getting on top of me, you know? I couldn’t cope, I didn’t know what to do, didn’t know where to turn, what to do, you know?”

“Depression and anxiety are not normal parts of ageing and anyone experiencing them is encouraged to seek help and support,” Ms Blakey continued.

Rates of mental health issues are also notable in those perpetrating elder abuse. A report by National Ageing Research Institute in partnership with SRV identified 26.7% of alleged physical abuse cases and 18.5% of alleged psychological abuse cases as involving a perpetrator with mental health challenges.

Around Victoria, communities will be celebrating our older people, and uphold their right to live in safety, with dignity and respect. Melbourne Town Hall will be displaying WEAAD banners and be lit up in purple – the symbolic colour of WEAAD – on June 15. Forums, information sessions and awareness activities will be held around the state. More information about WEAAD and details of events can be found on

“Older people are essential in the fabric of our society. It’s time for us to acknowledge their importance and recognise they are entitled to the respect of their communities and especially their families. There is no excuse for elder abuse.”

Seniors Rights Victoria is the key state-wide service dedicated to stopping elder abuse. It is a program of Council on The Ageing (COTA), supported by the Victorian Government. SRV provides information, support, advice, casework and education to help prevent and respond to elder abuse through its Helpline.

Older Victorians experiencing elder abuse, or family members concerned about an older person, can get help by calling Seniors Rights Victoria on 1300 368 821 Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. The website for more information is


Gemma Papprill, WEAAD Project Officer at Seniors Rights Victoria, or 9655 2129.

Jenny Blakey, Manager at Seniors Rights Victoria,, 9655 2104 or 0407 329 279.

Download the media release here.

Protecting Your Rights - a free forum held in Rutherglen

Protecting Your Rights – Rutherglen

Indigo Shire Council are hosting a lunch event with guest speaker, Gary Ferguson, Community Education Co-ordinater from Seniors Rights Victoria. It will be an informal forum where Gary will discuss your rights and what can be done to protect them. The event is free and information will be provided for you to take home.

RSVP by June 7 to Kate O’Toole (03) 5728 8079 or

Protecting Your Rights - a free forum held in Beechworth

Protecting your Rights – Beechworth

Indigo Shire Council are hosting a morning tea event with guest speaker, Gary Ferguson, Community Education Co-ordinater from Seniors Rights Victoria. It will be an informal forum where Gary will discuss your rights and what can be done to protect them. The event is free and information will be provided for you to take home.

RSVP by June 7 to Kate O’Toole (03) 5728 8079 or

Eastern Metro Region WEAAD

Eastern Metro Region World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019 Event

The event will feature Prof Briony Dow, speaking on Elder Abuse prevention and how we can stop elder abuse in our community. Following the key note presentation there will be a panel discussion with experts from across the region, sharing their views. As part of this event, the Eastern Elder Abuse Network will be launching the regional shared messages for WEAAD 2019 which are:

  • No EXCUSE for Elder Abuse, and,
  • Together WE can STOP Elder Abuse.

Networking opportunities and morning tea will follow the presentation and panel discussion.

RSVP at Eventbrite or view the full invitation.