Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, says a new, free support network is now available to stand up for the rights older people in need on the Mid North Coast.
“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 Hartsuyker said.
“I meet senior residents on the Mid North Coast 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.
“Mid North Coast residents are automatically connected with our local state advocacy organisation,” Mr Hartsuyker 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 Hartsuyker said OPAN help was available to all Mid North Coast 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 Hartsuyker said.
Older Mid North Coast residents, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to www.opan.com.au or call 1800 700 600.