Ted O’Brien MP says a new, free support network is now available to stand up for the rights older people in need in Fairfax.

“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,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I meet senior residents of Fairfax 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 them a strong voice.”

He said the new service is easily accessed, through a website and a freecall number.

“Fairfax residents are automatically connected with our local (State or Territory) advocacy organisation,” Mr O’Brien 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.” 

Mr O’Brien said OPAN help was available to all Fairfax 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,” Mr O’Brien said.

Older Fairfax residents, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to www.opan.com.au or call 1800 700 600.

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