Minister for Human Services
Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse
15 June, 2015


The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to upholding the rights of older Tasmanians to live without exploitation, abuse or fear.

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote respect and dignity for older people and wear purple, the internationally recognised colour for raising awareness of elder abuse.

Elder abuse is not okay, is not acceptable and is not excusable.

The Government’s 2015-16 Budget provides an additional $300,000 in continued funding over two years to support elder abuse prevention activities. This year funding for the continuation of the Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy: Protecting Older Tasmanians from Abuse comes to a total of $284,000.

In partnership with the Council on the Ageing and Advocacy Tasmania, we are working to raise community awareness, deliver information and training and provide services to support and advocate for older persons.

Ending elder abuse, however, demands that we all take responsibility for protecting vulnerable and often isolated older people.

A number of community events will be held around the State to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, including Walks against Elder Abuse, and free public information workshops.

The Launceston Town Hall, the Makers’ Workshop in Burnie and Parliament House in Hobart will all be lit purple from today to Friday.

The Elder Abuse Helpline – 1800 44 11 69 – provides information and advice on elder abuse and how to prevent it.

More information on events can be found at: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/disability/projects/elder_abuse/2015_world_elder_abuse_awareness_day