Ageism & Elder Abuse Prevention

Ageism & Elder Abuse Prevention

COTA Tasmania is funded by the Tasmanian Government to provide a range of elder abuse prevention programs, including information sessions for staff and volunteers who work with older people and peer education for the community.

COTA Tasmania is also funded to organise annual Walks Against Elder Abuse. In 2018 and 2019 walks were held in Hobart and Launceston. In 2020 these walks will be held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Monday 15 June, and will include a walk in Burnie. If you would like to receive an email invitation to any of these walks closer to the date, please email or ring 6231 3265.

Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, financial, social or spiritual, or neglect. For more information about elder abuse, visit our Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy page.

If you are concerned that you or anyone you know may be experiencing elder abuse,
please call the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169
for free, confidential advice.

COTA Tasmania collaborates with many community organisations to promote services they provide for people experiencing or concerned about elder abuse:

  • Advocacy Tasmania operates the Elder Abuse Helpline (1800 441 169) which offers free, confidential state-wide information, advice and referrals. Advocacy Tasmania also aims to protect the rights of older people receiving aged care services in residential establishments or in their own home by helping them be heard and understood. Ring 1800 005 131.
  • The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania‘s Older People’s Legal Service (1300 366 611) can give legal assistance by phone or in person about elder abuse and many other legal issues of concern to older people. COTA Tasmania partners with Legal Aid to provide a free legal clinic on the first Wednesday of the month at our offices at Westella, 181 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. To book a face-to-face or telephone appointment, please email or ring 03 6231 3265.
  • Relationships Australia Tasmania offers Elder Relationships Services (1300 364 277) to help older people and their families prevent or sort out family conflict; have difficult conversations in a safe place and with professional help; or make decisions such as planning for medical, financial or living arrangements.
  • The Migrant Resource Centre (03 6221 0999), Aboriginal corporations such as Karadi (03 6272 3511), and the organisation Working It Out can provide information about services for CALD, Indigenous and LGBTI communities.

For more information about elder abuse prevention and services for yourself or others,
visit the Compass website.