Senior Australians will have continued access to advocacy services to support and empower them to make informed decisions about their care, thanks to an additional $2 million from the Morrison Government to the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN).
OPAN is funded to deliver the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) until 30 June 2020.
NACAP provides free, confidential and independent advocacy support to senior people, their family and carers receiving, or seeking to receive, Government funded aged care services.
This funding is in addition to the $28.9 million OPAN has received to provide support to senior Australians through its extensive national presence.
OPAN delivers NACAP through its network of nine service delivery organisations across Australia and phone calls to the service have increased steadily since the program became national in 2017.
The boost will help maintain the availability of advocates and continue their strong approach to delivery of individual advocacy services.
This includes capacity to support senior Western Australians, maintaining the services previously provided under Home and Community Care and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. This support is provided by OPAN member, Advocare.
It is important that senior people, their family and carers have access to an aged care advocate if they need one.
Our commitment to providing access to these services is critical, particularly as the Aged Care Royal Commission continues its work.
Senior Australians, their families or carers in need of aged care advocacy should go to www.opan.com.au or call 1800 700 600 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.