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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference 2020
Friday, 12 June 2020 | Hilton Adelaide, Victoria Square, Adelaide SA

Aged Rights Advocacy Services (ARAS) is proud to present its 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Conference 'Elder Abuse: Together we are better' on Friday, 12th June 2020 at the Hilton Adelaide, Victoria Square, Adelaide South Australia. 

The theme for the 2020 WEAAD Conference is “Together we are better”

We can all do our part to improve the overall wellbeing of older Australians. The support of family, friends and community services can assist an older person to retain control of their life, enhance their wellbeing and help them to maintain their independence living at home. Through working together, we can also ensure older people are aware of the supports available and how to access them.

Together we are better!

  • Together we are better in supporting older Australians who are experiencing abuse
  • Together we are better in safeguarding older Australians from abuse
  • Together we are better in providing a supportive environment so that Australians have longer, healthier and more productive lives.
  • Together we are better in developing new models of care to keep older Australians at the centre of innovation.

Our 2020 WEAAD Conference will focus on how government agencies, health and allied health professionals, service providers and advocacy groups can work together to deliver care and support services to older Australians, with quality and compassion.

In many parts of the world, elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. The purpose of the WEAAD is to encourage communities to recognise the issues concerning abuse of older people and for our society to create policies that promote dignity and respect for older people to enable them to be valued and productive citizens.


ARAS has raised awareness about elder abuse through its annual state WEAAD Conference since 2006 and in 2013 hosted the National WEAAD Conference in Adelaide. 

Over 200 people regularly participate in the annual Conference which has consistently attracted high praise for its relevant subject matter and the caliber of its national and international speakers. 

Confirmed Speakers

Speaker Title Organisation
Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO Age Discrimination Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission
Janet Anderson Commissioner Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission
Cassie Mason Director Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
Carolanne Barkla Chief Executive Aged Rights Advocacy Service
Geoff Rowe Chief Executive Aged & Disability Advocacy Australia
Superintendent Mark Wieszyk Detective Superintendent, Officer in Charge Public Protection Branch South Australia Police
Angela MacMillan Group Customer Advocate Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Dr Ayesha Mohamed Staff Specialist in Geriatric Medicine/ Geriatrician, Deputy Director, Department of Geriatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine
Royal Adelaide Hospital












Event Registration (incl. GST)

  • Early bird (ends 30 March 2020) - $275
  • Regular Single Adult - $300
  • Student/Senior - $125
  • Group Bookings (4 or more) - receive a 20% discount on regular adult registration



Hilton Adelaide 

233 Victoria Square 

Adelaide SA 5000

Contact Details:

Doris Gioffre (08) 8232 5377 |