National Elder Abuse Conference 2022

National Elder Abuse Conference 2022

National Elder Abuse Conference 2022

Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and COTA Tasmania are delighted to be co-hosting the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference (NEAC) at Wrest Point Conference Centre in Hobart on 14 and 15 February 2022.

About the Conference

The National Elder Abuse Conference is the only annual conference specifically addressing elder abuse in Australia. In 2022, for the first time, the conference will be held in Tasmania. It will build on the successes of past conferences to share the stories and experiences of older people, exchange the latest national and international research and evidence, highlight programs and responses being delivered in Australia and engage a diverse audience to participate in eradicating elder abuse.

Elder abuse may be financial, legal, emotional or physical or take the form of neglect, with much of the abuse hidden in families where victims do not know how to seek help. Elder abuse is more likely to be perpetrated by someone the older person knows.

The release of the report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has contributed to and promoted a national conversation on elder abuse and amplified our shared expectation that it must lead to positive change.

The 7th Annual National Elder Abuse Conference will harness this momentum, energy and commitment to make change happen faster. At Walk The Talk, we will actively:

  • hear about programs such as those funded under the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians [Elder Abuse] 2019-2023
  • consider the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
  • challenge our preconceptions with discussions of prevalence studies and ageism
  • examine the impact of COVID-19 on older people.

The two-day hybrid (online and face to face) conference will intersperse plenaries featuring eminent national and international experts with concurrent presentations by delegates. We value diversity and peer-to-peer learning. Social activities will be great opportunities for networking, while a post-conference workshop on 16 February will invite delegates to share and consolidate their responses to elder abuse, rights and ageism issues raised during the conference.

Our aim for NEAC 2022 is that you will leave re-energised to continue advocating for older Australians and driving long-term change.

You can register to attend the conference in person or virtually here.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering to help make the conference as seamless as possible, please read the detailed explanation of the volunteer positions available here. If after reading this you would like to put in an expression of interest, please email with your contact details and indicate your preferred volunteer role, using the titles in the Volunteer Recruitment document.

Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021

In the lead up to the conference, EAAA and COTA Tasmania, with the invaluable assistance of the NEAC Program Committee, hosted online panels of national and international experts for the Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021. This series looked at some of the most pressing issues in the prevention of elder abuse and ageism, covering topics that will be developed further at the conference.

You can view recordings of the forums on the conference website.

Are you interested in sponsoring the National Elder Abuse Conference in Hobart in 2022?

The 7th National Elder Abuse Conference provides partners with a unique platform to demonstrate support for this critical issue and to show their commitment to driving action and change.

Your participation as a valued partner will be recognised in event communication before, during and after the conference, providing brand exposure, recognition and promotional opportunities well beyond the two-day event. This includes virtual delegates who will view the full conference program and/or packaged content delivered to their inboxes each day of the conference.

You can find out more about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities here.