Ann Sudmalis MP says a new, free support network is now available to stand up for the rights older people in need across the region.
“The Coalition Government understands that, from time to time, older people, their families and carers need help to navigate their legal and aged care rights,” she said.
“I meet senior residents every day and I know how vulnerable they can be. That is why the new Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) will be a great benefit.”
She said the new service is easily accessed, through a website and a freecall number.
“Residents, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to www.opan.com.au or call 1800 700 600.
“Trained advocates are able to assess their needs and can provide personalised service and meet with them if required.
“The aim is to make sure their rights are respected and that they can make informed decisions about their future.”
Mrs Sudmalis said OPAN help was available to all residents aged 55 and over, including their carers. The service is to include those who may be living with a disability or dementia, or who are from culturally diverse backgrounds.
The Coalition Government has provided $25.7 million over the next three years for OPAN to deliver the new National Aged Care Advocacy Program.
“This service is about respect for our seniors’ rights, their individual needs and their expectations,” said Mrs Sudmalis.