Member for Barker Tony Pasin says a new, free support network is now available to stand up for the rights older people in need in Barker.

“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,” Mr Pasin said.

“The new Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) will be of great benefit to our senior residents, by giving them a strong voice.”

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

“Barker residents will be automatically connected with our local South Australian advocacy organisation,” Mr Pasin 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 Pasin said OPAN help was available to all Baker residents aged 55 and over, including those who may be living with a disability or dementia, or were from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

OPAN will support consumers and their families and representatives to effectively access and interact with Commonwealth funded aged care services including;

  • Residential aged care
  • Home Care Packages
  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme services (CHSP)
  • The Commonwealth Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme
  • Commonwealth-funded dementia services

The Coalition 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 Pasin said.

Older Baker residents, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to or call 1800 700 600.


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