Minister for Human Services
Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse
15 June 2016

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to better protecting vulnerable Tasmanians including those at risk of experiencing elder abuse.

Elder abuse is a complex issue that can have a devastating effect on older people and their loved ones.

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day for communities to remember that older Tasmanians deserve dignity and to feel secure and safe.

As part of our election commitment in 2014, the Government provided $450,000 over three years for Protecting Older Tasmanians from Abuse: Tasmania’s Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy.

The Department of Health and Human Services works in partnership with the Council of the Aging (COTA) and Advocacy Tasmania to deliver outcomes under the Strategy.

This includes the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline, which provides information and advice to callers; an advocacy service for older Tasmanians; an awareness campaign and training for people engaging with older Tasmanians.

Sadly, many older Tasmanians currently experience some form of abuse by people whom they trust with their care and wellbeing.

We are targeting this problem by engaging all levels of government and the community in a whole-of-government elder abuse prevention response.

Addressing elder abuse demands that we all be aware of the warning signs and listen and offer help if someone we know may be experiencing such abuse.

We also need to empower elderly Tasmanians to recognise signs of elder abuse, and speak out.

Older Tasmanians experiencing elder abuse can get help by calling the Elder Abuse Helpline 1800 441 169.