“The Turnbull Government understands that, from time to time, older people, their families and carers need help to navigate their legal and aged care rights,” Mrs Marino said.
“I meet senior South West residents every day and I know how vulnerable they can be. That is why the new Older Persons Advocacy Network will be of such benefit, by giving people a strong voice.”
Mrs Marino said the new service is easily accessed, through a website and a freecall number.
“South West residents are automatically connected with our local (State or Territory) advocacy organisation,” Mrs Marino said.
“Trained advocates then assess their needs and can provide personalised service and meet with them if necessary.
“The aim is to ensure their rights are respected and that they can make informed decisions about their future.”
Mrs Marino said OPAN help was available to all South West residents aged 55 and over, including those who may be living with a disability or dementia, or were from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Turnbull 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 local seniors’ rights and individual needs and expectations,” Mrs Marino said.
Older residents, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to opan.com.au or call 1800 700 600.