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New framework ensures stronger advocacy voice: Wyatt

The new national framework for aged care advocacy was published online this week.

Signed off late last year, it will ensure that aged care recipients receive the “best possible assistance” from the advocates acting on their behalf, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said.

The National Aged Care Advocacy Framework outlines objectives, guiding principles and target groups for the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP).

NACAP provides confidential advocacy support, education and information to older people who receive Commonwealth funded residential or home support aged care services, as well as their support networks.

Among its main charges are strengthening the capacity of aged care users and their representatives, and helping aged care providers embed consumer rights in their policies and practices.

Developed with the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), which won the tender to run the national advocacy program in mid-2017, the framework aims to help advocates in OPAN’s nine member organisations provide stronger support and protection of senior Australians’ rights.

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  1. Hello My name is Laurene Brincat & I am enquiring if I am eligible to be part of this scheme.. If I am may I know how to partake in doing so …. I am 66 years of age & have been quite ill for a long time … I live at home so am not sure if I am able to be part of it… Thank You