If you are concerned that you or anyone you know may be experiencing elder abuse,
please call the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 353 374 for free, confidential information.
The Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline is staffed from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday by sensitive and knowledgeable people who can give you information and direct you to appropriate services. It is operated by Advocacy Tasmania on behalf of the Tasmanian Government.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, some older people will become even more isolated than at other times. Community awareness of elder abuse is always vital but especially when we are experiencing social disruption. Please share these resources produced by the Australian Human Rights Commission with anyone who might be in contact with older people. The bookmark can be shared or printed out and given to older people themselves. The poster can be shared or printed out and displayed.
ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP
COTA Tasmania collaborates with many community organisations to promote services they provide for people experiencing or concerned about elder abuse. During periods of social distancing associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Elder Abuse Helpline, Advocacy Tasmania, Legal Aid and Relationships Australia Tasmania are continuing to provide services by phone and/or video:
- Advocacy Tasmania operates the Elder Abuse Helpline (1800 353 374) which offers free, confidential state-wide information 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 (1300 366 611) operates Senior Assist, which offers free and confidential assistance to people across the State who are over the age of 65 (or over the age of 50 if Indigenous) and at risk of, or experiencing, elder abuse. This is an integrated legal and support service, with social workers working alongside legal staff. Legal Aid also partners with COTA Tasmania to provide a free legal clinic for older people with concerns about any other legal matter. These clinics operate between 10am and 12 noon 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 email@example.com or ring 03 6231 3265. During periods of social distancing associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all consultations will be conducted by phone.
- 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.