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How ARAS advocates can assist older Aboriginal people:

  • Provide information about the rights, entitlements and responsibilities when using aged care services, including mainstream services and Aboriginal-specific services.
  • Support to help the older person to speak up and resolve their concerns.
  • Speak on the older person's behalf (represent them).
  • Give strategies to assist the older person to protect themselves if they are at risk of abuse by family or friends.
  • Provide information and education sessions about the rights of older people in aged and community services to groups of older people or to the staff of these services.
  • Assist with policies that ensure the rights of older Aboriginal people are upheld and that improve service responses to their needs.