World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Community Services

Keeping older Tasmanians safe and supporting people as they age is an important focus of the Tasmanian Government.

Raising awareness about the risk of abuse, mistreatment and neglect of the more than 20 per cent of Tasmania’s population that are aged 65 years and over, is of vital importance.

Minister for Community Services, Roger Jaensch, said the Tasmanian Government remains committed to raising awareness that preventing the abuse of older people is a community responsibility.

“Elder abuse is often a hidden problem causing harm towards older people by people in positions of trust,” Minister Jaensch said.

“Through our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future, our Government is providing COTA (Council on the Ageing) Tasmania $200,000 per annum over the next two years to deliver Elder Abuse prevention activities as well as Seniors Week services in October.

“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, tomorrow, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the abuse of older Tasmanians as well as awareness that assistance is available.

“Raising awareness of not only abuse but the drivers of abuse such as ageism is important. Ageism allows for abuse to be overlooked or ignored.

“To coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, in June and July the Tasmanian Government’s successful Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign ‘It’s OK to Ask the Question’ will be run across a broad range of media platforms.”

In partnership with community partners, the Tasmanian Government will continue prevention and awareness initiatives in 2024-25.

If you believe you or anyone you know may be experiencing elder abuse, you can call the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 441 169 or visit www.elderabuse.tas.gov.au

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