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Age Discrimination Commissioner launches campaign in Tasmania

Discrimination Age Discrimination
Dr Kay Patterson

Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, will be travelling around Tasmania this week with COTA Tasmania’s CEO, Sue Leitch, to launch an educational bookmark to raise awareness of elder abuse and talk about the rights of older Tasmanians.
In collaboration with COTA Tasmania and other organisations, Dr Patterson will distribute the bookmark to urban and regional centres.

"Elder abuse continues to be a scourge on older Tasmanians but there are services in Tasmania that can help,” said Dr Patterson.
"The bookmark is an innovative way of providing key information to recognise signs of elder abuse and share the national elder abuse phone line 1800ELDERHelp (1800 353 374), so that Tasmanians who think they, or someone they know, is being abused, can reach out for support," she said.

Dr Patterson’s itinerary

Monday, 26th August
Dr Patterson speaking on age discrimination.
Criterion House, Bathurst Street.

Tuesday 27th August
Stopping at towns between Hobart and Bicheno, including;
•    Richmond
•    Triabunna
•    Swansea
•    Bicheno

Wednesday 28th August
Stopping at towns, including
•    St Helens
•    Scottsdale
•    Launceston
Dr Patterson speaking on age discrimination.
Launceston School for Seniors, Campus Room 2, 8 High Street.    

Thursday 29th August
Stopping at towns, including
•    Westbury
•    Burnie
Dr Patterson speaking on age discrimination.
Burnie Sports Club, 2 Southwell St.

To RSVP or get any further information on these events please contact COTA Tasmania 6231 3265 or email

Dr Patterson is available for media interviews. The information on the bookmark is available in alternative formats for print media.

Media contact: Sarah Bamford 0417 954 525

> Download the bookmark and poster