The Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) offers a free, confidential and state-wide service to older people, or their representatives, who are:
- living in residential aged care
- receiving Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) or Home Care Package (HCP) services
- at risk of, or experiencing abuse from family or friends
- living in a retirement village.
ARAS also has specialist Aboriginal Advocates who provide culturally safe support and host an annual Intergenerational Elders and Youth Gathering in regional South Australia.
Currently, ARAS is participating in the Aged Care System Navigator Trial, which supports older people in navigating the aged care system and accessing services.
ARAS provides advocacy assistance to support older people to uphold their rights and their responsibilities.
Accredited at Certificate level of the Australian Service Excellence Standards.
ARAS is the South Australian member of the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), which is funded by the Australian Government's National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP). OPAN is a national network comprised of nine state and territory organisations and is guided by the Service Delivery Framework.
ARAS Advocates are guided by the Advocacy principles to ensure that the wishes and interests of older people for whom they advocate, direct their work.
The ARAS website provides more information about the range of work that ARAS undertakes, including advocacy, information and education sessions.
To view and download ARAS Service Charter click here
A community in which all older people are valued and respected
To encourage and support older people and community to uphold the rights of older people through information, education, advocacy and personal empowerment
Integrity, inclusiveness, justice, respect
To view and download ARAS Strategic Plan 2021-2024 click here
To view and download ARAS Strategic Plan 2018-2021 summary of achievements click here