A new, free support network is now available to stand up for the rights of older Territorians in need.
“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,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
“I regularly meet senior Territorians and I know how vulnerable they can be. That is why the new Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) will be of such benefit, by giving them a strong voice.”
Senator Scullion said the new service is easily accessed, through a website and a freecall number.
“Territorians are automatically connected with our local Territory advocacy organisation,” Senator Scullion 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.”
Senator Scullion said OPAN help was available to all Territorians aged 55 and over, including those who may be living with a disability or dementia, or were from culturally and linguistically 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 Programme.
“This service is about respect for local seniors’ rights and individual needs and expectations,” Senator Scullion said.
Older Territorians, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to www.opan.com.au or call 1800 700 600.