15 June 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Australia/Hobart
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania
To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020 (WEAAD), COTA Tasmania is inviting you, your friends, family, colleagues and/or students to a free online forum that you can join wherever you are in the state.
The program features passionate guest speakers and stories of hope that can inspire us all to be part of the solution to elder abuse.
Usually at this time COTA Tasmania would be organising Walks Against Elder Abuse. However, due to COVID-19, we have had to change the format of our WEAAD activities.
For this reason, we are thrilled that a diverse and knowledgeable range of speakers has agreed to Talk Against Elder Abuse instead.
Even as COVID-19 restrictions ease for many, an increased risk of elder abuse due to isolation and actual or potential financial stress continues. In many ways, it has never been more important to raise awareness of elder abuse, encourage its prevention, and consider hopeful case studies.
Talks Against Elder Abuse: Stories of Hope will be opened by COTA Tasmania’s patron Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC and will feature talks by:
- Minister for Human Services the Honourable Roger Jaensch MP
- Mayor of Launceston Alderman Albert van Zetten
- Commonwealth Age Discrimination Commissioner the Honourable Dr Kay Patterson AO
- Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sarah Bolt
- COTA Tasmania Board Member Ian Fletcher
- Advocacy Tasmania’s Nita Joy
- Legal Aid’s Deb Bailey, who coordinates Senior Assist, and her Senior Assist colleagues Jane McDougall and Rebecca Bradfield
- Relationships Australia Tasmania’s Simon Reeve
Elder abuse can be psychological, financial, social, physical or sexual, or it can arise from neglect. If you think you or anyone you know might be experiencing elder abuse, you can ring the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169 to talk to someone about your concerns.
All COTA Tasmania’s WEAAD activities are supported by the Tasmanian Government.