WEAAD Canberra – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Expo 2021

This expo is in recognition of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which takes place on June 15th each year. It recognises the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

We invite you to attend the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Expo and show your support for the significant issue of the abuse of older people in the community.

WHEN: 21 June 2021, Monday, 10 AM to 3 PM (walk-in across the day) 

WHERE: Weston Creek Community Centre (Parkinson St, Weston ACT)

This expo is supported by the Office for Seniors and Veterans – ACT Government.

As an organisation that strongly believes in enriching lives today and shaping better futures tomorrow for all people in the Canberra community, we are proud to show our support and do our part in spreading awareness about this important issue of the abuse of older people in our community.

Our aim is to help build safer communities and bring individuals, businesses and organisations together towards creating awareness and stopping the abuse of older people in our community.

About the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Expo Canberra 

The purpose of the expo is to: 

  • increase attendees’ knowledge around the abuse of older people
  • help attendees identify services that can help
  • enable attendees to show their support for the cause
  • spread awareness on the abuse of older people in our community

We invite businesses and individuals to join us in showing our support for the significant issue of the abuse of older people and interact with the local community by attending the expo. Participation in the expo will arm you with the knowledge to better understand and support older people experiencing abuse.

What’s next?

  • If you’d like to attend the expo, you can walk in anytime during the day between 10 am to 3 pm, though we strongly encourage you to attend the panel discussion between 10.30 am to 12 pm.
  • While there are no registrations required for the event, we request you to clickinterested’ or ‘going’ on our Facebook Event page (click here) which will help us keep track of the number of potential attendees to the Expo in accordance with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. This is optional.
  • We encourage you to download the ACT Government’s Check-In CBR App (click here) ahead of the event so that you are able to sign in to the venue on the day with ease and assist us in managing venue capacity and in following the latest COVID-19 advice.

We look forward to seeing you at the Weston Creek Community Centre on Monday, 21 June 2021!

Panel Discussion during Expo 

On the day, the Expo and panel discussion will be opened by the Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Emma Davidson at 10.30 am.

Key speakers for the panel discussion (10.30 am to 12 pm) who will help share awareness on the issue will include:

  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • ACT Human Rights Commission
  • ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS)
  • Relationships Australia
  • Public Trustee and Guardian
  • Legal Aid ACT (to be confirmed) 

The panel discussion will be facilitated by COTA ACT.

Contact Information

For any questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact:

  • Call Communities@Work’s Seniors’ Programs on 02 6293 6254 
  • Email lifestyle.services.exchange@commsatwork.org
  • Use the Get in Touch form on our website (and allocate all enquiries to Seniors’ Programs)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Expo


About World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15th every year) is a day officially recognised by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to highlight the issue of elder abuse and raise our voice in opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations.

Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. In simple terms, it is any act that causes harm to an older person. The harm can be physical, social, financial, psychological, or sexual in nature, and can include mistreatment and neglect.

It is a global social issue that affects the Health and Human Rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue that deserves the attention of the entire community.

In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public view and considered mostly a private matter. Even today, elder abuse continues to be a taboo, mostly underestimated and ignored by communities. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem, and is an issue that deserves public attention.

Communities@Work, in conjunction with the ACT Government, recognises the significance of this issue and encourages people, businesses and organisations to come together in spreading awareness about and stopping and preventing the abuse of older people, while building safer communities.

For more information, please visit https://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/ 

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