The United Nations has designated 15 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 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 2019 included Walks Against Elder Abuse in Hobart and Launceston on the eve of WEAAD, and the Ageing My Way exhibition in the lead up to these events. The walks were supported by the Tasmanian Government, the City of Launceston, the City of Hobart and Mathers House. Ageing My Way was supported by the Tasmanian Government and the City of Hobart.
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.