World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

A strong, supportive and understanding community promotes a safe and welcoming life for all. Come along to show your support and hear from local support organisations including:

• Justice Connect
• Collingwood police
• Elder Rights Advocacy

Plus, a Q&A session with all speakers.

Learn about what elder abuse is, what we can do to respond and prevent it, and how we can advocate for the rights of older people.

And have some fun:
Group activities including exercise with coHealth instructor, giveaways, photo booth, refreshments and afternoon tea.

Tuesday 15th June, 1.30pm – 4.00pm (doors open at 1.15pm)

Collingwood Town Hall
140 Hoddle Street
Abbotsford, VIC 3067

To RSVP please call Yen Kim on 9448 6234 or Cheryle Gray on 0431 756 055.

Seminars in Ageing

Zoom event.

Regular Tuesday seminars brought to you by: National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), and the Academic Unit for the Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA), University of Melbourne.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Presenters: A/Prof Bianca Brijnath, Dr Josefine Antoniades, Peter Feldman, and Dr Kate O’Halloran

Abstract: To mark, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on the 15th of June, NARI is hosting a webinar to showcase some our research and resources specifically focused on elder abuse. We will discuss:

  • Seven years of data from an elder abuse helpline in Victoria (presented by Peter Feldman).
  • The co-design and pilot of the Australian Elder Abuse Screening Instrument (AuSI) (presented by A/Prof Bianca Brijnath),
  • Developing films to highlight best-practice responses for elder abuse in the context of dementia (presented by Dr Jo Antoniades), and
  • The primary prevention of family violence among older people living in Victoria (presented by Dr Kate O’Halloran).

The talk will include a discussion of the co-design methods employed to develop materials, some of the challenges faced when working with highly sensitive subject matter and strategies employed to overcome these.

Speaker biography: Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath is the Divisional Director of Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). Her disciplinary training is in primary healthcare, public health and medical anthropology and her research expertise is in mental health and care in primary care and community-based settings. Within these disciplinary and contextual boundaries, she has undertaken several studies exploring mental health and culture, and mental health and the life-course. She has authored over 90 publications, including a sole-authored book with Berghahn Books titled “Unforgotten: Love and the culture of dementia care in India” and is the lead investigator for the Moving Pictures study in Australia. In recognition of her research, she was awarded the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award in 2018.

Dr Josefine Antoniades is a Research Fellow at NARI in the Division of Social Gerontology. She was awarded her PhD in 2017 from the Department of General Practice at Monash University and disciplinary expertise is at the nexus of psychology, public health and primary care. Framed by these disciplinary boundaries, her research interests include dementia, mental health and health literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Peter Feldman is a Research Fellow in Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute. His disciplinary training is in social anthropology, program evaluation and public health. He has worked extensively in evaluation of small, medium and large-scale programs in health, education and community services over the past 15 years in academic, government, commercial and not-for-profit environments. From 2007 to 2020 he taught evaluation and research methods in the Master of Public Health program at the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Dr Kate O’Halloran is a Research Fellow (Mental Health) in Social Gerontology. She leads the elder abuse portfolio at NARI, and is currently project managing two projects: one on the primary prevention of intergenerational elder abuse, and another on elder abuse in the context of disaster (including COVID-19). She is also a member of the Senior Rights Victoria elder abuse roundtable, and the Compass content committee. She has a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies and has worked extensively in the family violence and media sectors prior to returning to academia. She is also proud of the time she spent time caring for her grandma with Lewy body dementia.

Register here to attend webinar

Art Therapy Painting Workshop For Seniors

City of Whittlesea is holding an art therapy painting workshop for seniors. In this workshop you will enjoy creating art in a friendly, safe and social environment, as we acknowledge World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Creating art is an effective way to stimulate creative thinking and practice mindfulness. Art has many benefits including improving self-worth and overall wellbeing.

The event welcomes people aged 55 and above and booking is essential.

Tuesday 15th June 2021 from 10.00am – 11.30am

Barry Road Community Activity Centre
36 Barry Road, Thomastown

Bookings – phone 9407 5913 or email

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.

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)