Taking to the streets in Burnie for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Tasmania has a proud history of marking the international day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of elder abuse. This year, as well as leading marches in Hobart and Launceston, COTA Tasmania is taking WEAAD to Burnie.

Each year, on 15 June, older people, students, health and community workers and volunteers, councillors, parliamentarians and many other concerned citizens Walk Against Elder Abuse in Tasmania and share a free morning tea hosted by our wonderful Council partners.

This year, Burnie joins the fold, with a walk, a morning tea and the added pleasure of the  Ageing My Way exhibition – photographs and quotes to start conversations about what matters to us as we age.

And if you’d like to take a deeper dive into Australia’s response to elder abuse, wherever you are in the State you can join a free online forum at 3pm featuring COTA Tasmania’s CEO Sue Leitch, Senior Assist’s Gemma Misrachi, and a panel of other local, national and international experts.

All of these activities are free, and we would be so pleased to meet you there. However, to make them COVID-safe for all, please register your intention to attend.

To register for the walks, email lynm@cotatas.org.au or ring 6231 3265.

To register for the Driving Long Term Change: Australia’s Response to Elder Abuse, visit the website for the National Elder Abuse Conference.

COTA Tasmania’s WEAAD activities are supported by the State Government, the City of Hobart, the City of Launceston and Burnie City Council.

If you’re experiencing elder abuse or know someone who is, please call the
Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169.