World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Together we are better, always!
MEDIA RELEASE 11 JUNE 2020
ARAS has held an annual WEAAD conference for the past 14 years, and this year will be hosting an inaugural WEAAD
online forum, with 'Together we are better' as the theme.
Former Chair of Aged Rights Advocacy Service honoured in Queen's Birthday list
MEDIA RELEASE 8 June 2020
Joan Stone, former Chair of Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS), is awarded an AM in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for her significant contribution to championing the rights of older people.
Industry Code for visiting aged care homes released
MEDIA RELEASE 12 May 2020
The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ has been released by 13 aged care peak bodies and consumer advocacy organisations. The Code creates a nationally consistent approach that ensures residents can receive visitors while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Reaffirmation of aged care visit guidelines must bring an end to insensitive restrictions
MEDIA RELEASE 21 April 2020
Today’s National Cabinet’s reaffirmation that residential aged care providers should not restrict family visit access to residential aged care beyond the existing advice of National Cabinet has been strongly welcomed by the peak consumer organisations representing older Australians.
Welfare checks for Senior Australians
MEDIA RELEASE 8 April 2020
Welfare checks will be conducted on Senior Australians who have elected to defer aged care home services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement from the Aged Care COVID-19 Preparedness Forum
MEDIA RELEASE 9 March 2020
A joint statement from the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister Colbeck, and Australian Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, about ensuring the delivery of safe, quality care to senior Australians.
Increased home care packages and chemical restraint reduction investment welcomed - but a 'Last Not First' approach to chemical restraint needed
MEDIA RELEASE 25 November 2019
The overuse of chemical restraint is of particular concern to the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). OPAN welcomes today’s announcement by the Coalition Governments of increased investment in regulation, monitoring and reduction approaches to chemical restraint.
OPAN responds to release of Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Interim Report
MEDIA RELEASE 1 November 2019
Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) has welcomed the release of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Interim Report, tabled in parliament yesterday.
Experts say it’s in our hands and starts here at the WEAAD Conference, Adelaide
15th June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) globally and Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) is hosting its 14th conference to recognise the importance of the day at Stamford Grand Adelaide, Glenelg on Monday, 17th June, supported by the Honourable Stephen Wade MLC, Minister for Health and Wellbeing.
Stronger restraint regulations to protect senior Australians
MEDIA RELEASE 30 March 2019
The Morrison Government has moved to significantly strengthen the regulations that apply to the use of physical and chemical restraints in aged care homes.
Australia signs up for a new era of aged care rights
MEDIA RELEASE 23 March 2019
New laws will compel all aged care providers to sign and conform to a single, strengthened Charter of Rights, under the Morrison Government’s latest aged care quality and safety reforms.
Aged Care System Navigator Trial aims to make it easier for older people to access aged care services
MEDIA RELEASE 26 February 2019
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, Minister for Aged Care launched the Aged Care System Navigator Trials (trial) in Perth on Monday, 25 February 2019. The trial will support older people to navigate aged care services. Led by COTA Australia, a consortium of 31 consumer-focused organisations, including Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS), will deliver 62 trials across the country in a mix of regional, rural and metropolitan locations. ARAS will deliver the trial in Country SA North West until 30 June 2020.
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
MEDIA RELEASE 18 January 2019
Aged Rights Advocacy Service Inc (ARAS) welcomes the commencement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety with the directions hearing being held in Adelaide today.
Older Persons Advocacy Network responds to Royal Commission preliminary hearing
MEDIA RELEASE 17 January 2019
Aged care advocacy network, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), will be at the forefront in bringing
their expertise to the upcoming Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Increased action urgently needed to lift the quality of aged care
MEDIA RELEASE 15 September 2018
Australia’s aged care sector urgently needs greater focus immediately to lift the quality of care, according to the national Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). OPAN welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector, but this must not stop investment in staff, training, advocacy and improving quality now.
MEDIA RELEASE 8 March 2018 | Call to action for elder abuse to be addressed head-on.
MEDIA RELEASE 2 March 2018 | ICAC REPORT and Lessons Learnt "ARAS is appalled by the ‘shameful’ poor care, abuse and neglect suffered by residents of Oakden. Violence, abuse and neglect is totally unacceptable in any circumstance let alone perpetrated on a group of vulnerable older people."
Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised. [link] https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/AgedCareQuality
Submissions and papers
ARAS Position Statement - Cameras in Aged Care
Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry
August 2016 - Issues paper cover letter
ARAS Media Release: Elder Abuse
29 July 2016
ARAS Media Release: 7.30 Report and & Elder Abuse
26 July 2016