Inheritance – Not An Entitlement Campaign Launch

The Respecting Seniors Network’s campaign – #InheritanceNotAnEntintlemet – seeks to challenge commonly held misconceptions, or “myths” about inheritance and how this can lead to financial elder abuse.

The campaign – a series of 7 short videos, each dispelluing a “myth” – is being launched by Dr. Kay Patterson, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Age Discrimination Commissioner in a short video introduction marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June.

Tune in to the campaign by liking and following our network’s Facebook page:


Florida, USA – WEAAD 2021 A Stroll Down Memory Lane

We will be having our 12th annual Senior Expo event where community providers will be able to provide information to residents regarding services available in our area. Representatives of in home service providers, long term care facilities, insurance representatives, local law enforcement agencies, memory testing clinics, medical providers, adult day care centers and the Alzheimer’s foundation will be represented. This year we will also be sponsoring a 5K walk/run, and a 1 mile Senior Stroll to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s related dementia, senior mobility and safety on our streets.

The event is on June 11th, 2021. The Race begins at 7 am. Expo closes at 12 pm.

Stir A Cuppa With Seniors – Money, Ageing and Family

Connections with family across the life course are important in healthy ageing. How do we define family? What if family living arrangements change? What support do family members expect from one another? These and other questions will be discussed at a lively free morning tea facilitated by Gary Ferguson from Seniors Rights Victoria.

Attitude, 25 Fraser Street, Clunes

For more information call at BOOM or telephone Lois on 0567 331 136.

All welcome.

WEAAD 2021

Last year, Seniors Rights Victoria initiated our inaugural Purple Tea event called ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’ which is our annual WEAAD event to bring people together in conversations on ageing over morning or afternoon tea.  Staff and volunteers connected virtually over a cuppa, whilst wearing purple or with something purple prominent in their Zoom frame to acknowledge WEAAD, such as purple mugs, purple flowers, a purple teddy bear, nail polish, anything purple at all! This event will was shared to social media to promote WEAAD.

For WEAAD 2021, once again due to Covid restrictions, our Stir A Cuppa For Seniors event will be held online on Zoom at 1.30pm on June 15 (click here for more information) and will be livestreaming the event on the COTA Victoria facebook page. To register to attend our Stir A Cuppa For Seniors event on Zoom click here. (There is also a Zoom background you down dowload here.)

We encourage other organisations and members of the community to Stir A Cuppa For Seniors  and host your own Purple Tea, either in person if restrictions permit or online, with staff and volunteers in your organisation, or members of your community group, or friends and family. You can either hold an event to coincide with ours and join us via our livestream, or, why not organise your own event and have a conversation on ageing over a cuppa, whilst wearing purple or incorporating the colour purple into the event to acknowledge WEAAD. Share your photos to social media and help promote and spread awareness of WEAAD.

Get started with our WEAAD Toolkit. Use our sample media release to promote it.

For tips on making them a success see here.

We encourage other organisations and members of the community to ‘Stir A Cuppa For Seniors’  and host your own Purple Tea, either in person or online.

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 2020

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: 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 – . 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 –

Session 2 –

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)




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