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Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is a national network comprised of nine state and territory organisations that have been successfully delivering advocacy, information, and education services to older people across Australia for close to 30 years.

The OPAN Network Member Organisations are:

  • Australian Capital Territory: ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Services (ADACAS)
  • New South Wales: Seniors Rights Service (SRS)
  • Northern Territory: Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS)
  • Northern Territory Central: Catholic Care NT (CCNT)
  • Queensland: Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia (ADA Australia)
  • South Australia: Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS)
  • Tasmania: Advocacy Tasmania
  • Victoria: Elder Rights Advocacy (ERA)
  • Western Australia: Advocare

OPAN’s free services support older people and their representatives to address issues related to Commonwealth funded aged care services. OPAN is funded by the Australian Government to deliver the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP). OPAN aims to provide a national voice for aged care advocacy and promote excellence and national consistency in the delivery of advocacy services under the NACAP.

OPAN is always on the side of the older person we are supporting. It is an independent body with no membership beyond the nine SDOs. This independence is a key strength both for individual advocacy and for our systemic advocacy.