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Thank you for your interest in the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Conference 2020: Together we are better.

We regret to inform you that the Conference has been cancelled. We’ve made this difficult decision to ensure the safety and health of our staff, volunteers, students, clients, partners and community.

In the meantime, none of us can let elder abuse be ignored so ARAS will still be promoting WEAAD on our website and through a marketing campaign we are currently developing. We will be back in touch with some ideas as to how you can support and promote WEAAD throughout your organisation and the community.

Please keep an eye on our website for any announcements and future events.

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 support 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. 

Become a Sponsor 

Your organisation has an opportunity to support the WEAAD Conference by contributing funds to the Conference through a selection of sponsorship packages, being an Exhibitor at the Conference or we are happy to negotiate a package to suit your organisation.

The 2019 Conference was attended by 185 people and 88% said that the conference met their expectations.

Download the 2020 Sponsorship Prospectus by clicking here

Speakers confirmed 




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

For more information, please contact our events team:

(08) 8232 5377 or