Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is a network of organisations dedicated to improving the lives of
Australia’s older, and most vulnerable, people.
These organisations work closely with each other, operating under the unified banner of OPAN, to ensure that those receiving government-funded residential and community services are informed, supported and have their voice heard.
The nine founding agencies of OPAN provide advocacy services, information and education to consumers - and potential consumers – of Commonwealth-funded aged care services.
OPAN organisations play a significant role in the aged care and community sector, and are particularly important as the current industry landscape changes. Collectively, the OPAN organisations support around 17,000 people for individual advocacy support, and educate around 78,000 people on their rights and responsibilities each year. Many of the OPAN organisations have been operating for more than 25 years, supporting some of the most vulnerable Australians. All agencies are funded by the Department of Health under the National Aged Care Advocacy Programme (NACAP), with a number of services also receiving funding under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and working in various other fields.
If you or a family member needs the support of an advocate or independent advice about aged care options, please contact the OPAN member in your state or territory. The nine OPAN organisations around Australia are listed below.