World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 Activities

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 Activities

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 Activities

The United Nations has designated 15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). On this day each year, communities all over the globe take a stand against the abuse of older people.

COTA Tasmania’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities in 2021 include Walks Against Elder Abuse in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, the Ageing My Way exhibition in Burnie, and the second free online event in the Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021, Driving Long-Term Change: Australia’s Response to Elder Abuse.

The walks are supported by their local councils, who provide a warming free morning tea after the events. To register, email lynm@cotatas.org.au or ring 6231 3265 by 10 June. Registrations are essential to ensure the events are COVID-safe and there are refreshments for all.

Hobart Walk Against Elder Abuse

WHEN: Gather at 9.45am for a 10am start, Tuesday 15 June.
WHERE: Collins St end of Elizabeth Street Mall.
REFRESHMENTS: Will be provided following the walk at Mathers House.

Launceston Walk Against Elder Abuse

WHEN: Gather at 9.45am for a 10am start, Tuesday 15 June.
WHERE: St John St end of Civic Square.
REFRESHMENTS: Will be provided following the walk at Town Hall.

Burnie Walk Against Elder Abuse

WHEN: Gather at 9.45am for a 10am start, Tuesday 15 June.
WHERE: Wilmot St footpath outside the Marine Terrace car park, opposite the cinema.
REFRESHMENTS: Will be provided following the walk at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, where you are also invited to stay for the Ageing My Way Exhibition.

Registrations are essential for all the walks. To register email lynm@cotatas.org.au or phone 6231 3265 by 10 June.

If possible, please wear a piece of purple clothing to the walks.

Ageing My Way

WHEN: 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June 2021
WHERE: Burnie Regional Art Gallery
ADMISSION: Free
Photos and quotes from older Tasmanians sharing what matters to them as they age.

Driving long-term change – Australia’s response to elder abuse

WHEN: 3-4.30pm, Tuesday 15 June 2021
WHERE: Your place
This free online forum will discuss what Australia has achieved and what more must be done to end elder abuse since the Australian Law Reform Commission’s “Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response” report was released in June 2017, and the release of the Commonwealth’s “National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023” in March 2019. The webinar is the second in the Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021. These important conversations will continue in the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference in Hobart in February next year. You can register for the webinar online.

ADVOCACY DURING WEAAD

The media coverage these events attract contributes to COTA Tasmania’s ability to advocate for systemic change to help prevent elder abuse. Between them, our 2019 WEAAD activities received pre- and/or post-event media coverage in the Examiner, the Advocate and The Senior newspapers, ABC Radio Northern Tasmania, ABC Radio Southern Tasmania, City Park Radio Launceston, Southern Cross television and WIN television. These included several interviews with our CEO Sue Leitch and an interview with our Tasmanian Policy Council member Ian Fletcher.

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