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Empowering older people to speak up

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) has launched a new self-advocacy toolkit to empower older people to speak up for themselves and ask for the services and support they need.

Designed to put you in the driver’s seat, it’s full of valuable resources to give you the information and skills you need, to make informed decisions and speak up for better aged care.  

The toolkit can easily be translated into 13 different languages by using the toggle on the top right-hand side of the website, and covers things like: 

  • Solving common problems in aged care 
  • Understanding your rights as an older person 
  • Raising concerns with your provider  
  • Creating a plan for the care you want 
  • Learning to speak up and how OPAN can help with self-advocacy  
  • How to receive culturally safe and inclusive aged care 
  • Support with decision making 

It also includes a range of handy checklists you can download and print. For example, the Leaving Hospital Checklist has questions that you can ask the hospital social worker, your service provider or My Aged Care, that will help you to make an informed decision when leaving hospital.

Please let Care Connect know if you need further assistance accessing the online toolkit, or downloading and printing any resources.



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