The Older Persons Advocacy Network will receive $25.7 million over the next three years to deliver a new National Aged Care Advocacy Program, the Minister for Aged Care has announced today.

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is a national network comprised of nine state and territory organisations that has delivered advocacy, information and education services to older people in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia for over 25 years.

OPAN will deliver the advocacy program through its network of nine service delivery organisations across the nation.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to helping older Australians, particularly those who are vulnerable,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Moving to a single provider model will allow the NACAP to build on its experience and expand its skills base.”

“With consumers now more involved in making decisions, I understand the important role strong advocacy can play, especially when people may find it difficult to express themselves.”

The announcement follows the development of the draft National Aged Care Advocacy Framework, which will support OPAN to deliver high-quality, consistent and streamlined advocacy through the redesigned NACAP.

The framework, which provides a mechanism to drive a more consistent, national approach to the delivery of individual advocacy services, will be finalised with OPAN in collaboration with other key stakeholders.