Timing is everything? Federal Government launches new aged care advocacy network for older people

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With media coverage of the sector continuing to intensify, Minister for Ageing Ken Wyatt says the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) will provide free help to people aged 55 and over in navigating their aged care rights under of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP).

Its nine network organisations are being funded to the tune of $25.7M over the next three years by the Government – including an extra $1M towards its work on elder abuse prevention and support.

This is on top of funding provided by the State Government to a range of advocacy groups like the Consumer Advocacy Law Centre (VIC) which played a significant role in the Four Corners/retirement village program and ongoing ABC coverage.