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.

Thank you to everyone who helped us highlight the important issue of the abuse of older people in our community, at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEAAD) Expo on 21 June 2021.
We were pleased with the turnout at our small and targeted expo and were glad to connect older Canberrans in need with services and support against abuse.

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 invited businesses and individuals to join us at the WEAAD Expo in showing support for the significant issue of the abuse of older people and interact with the local community. Participation in the expo armed attendees with the knowledge to better understand and support older people experiencing abuse.

Special thanks to Emma Davidson MLA – Member for Murrumbidgee for opening the Expo and the panel discussion (facilitated by COTA ACT).

Thank you Australian Federal Police, ACT Human Rights Commission, ACT Disability Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS), Relationships Australia Canberra & Region, Legal Aid ACT and Public Trustee and Guardian for an insightful panel discussion.

Thank you Cooleman Court Shopping Centre for supporting Communities@Work with a pop-up stall at the centre on June 15, in recognition of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, this contributed greatly to the success of the Expo.

And a huge thank you to all the stallholders who supported the cause including Carers ACT, Council on the Ageing ACT, Care Inc Financial Counselling Service, Dementia Australia, Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT and Australian Red Cross among others.

This Expo was supported by the Office for Seniors and Veterans – ACT Government Community Services Directorate.

If you are an older person in need of help or advice, please contact:

→ ACT police on 131 444
→ Older Persons ACT Legal Service on 02 6243 3436
→ ACT Human Rights Commission on 02 6205 2222
→ Council on the Ageing ACT on 02 6282 3777 or at Hughes Community Centre
→ ADACAS on 02 6242 5060 or at Gritten Street Weston
→ Relationships Australia (Canberra & Region) on 1300 364 277


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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