OPAN Position statement – Election 2022
We call on all political leaders and the incoming Government to make a commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of older people. We have identified five priority areas that can help deliver on an aged care system that is underpinned by legislation that respects, protects, and enforces the rights of all older people; and provides older people with services that are accessible, equitable and responsive to their needs and preferences. Read the full position statement here.
MEDIA RELEASE 9 MARCH 2022
Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) remains concerned that restrictive practices continue to be used on older people living in residential aged care without adequate independent authorisation as recommended by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
ARAS is supportive of the Ageing and Adult Safeguarding (Restrictive Practices) Amendment Bill (27 October 2021), introduced by the Hon. John Darley, which was designed to afford the same rights and protections to older people living in aged care as afforded to people living with a disability in South Australia.
ARAS responds to the closing of Annie Lockwood Court at Kindred Living (Residential Aged Care Home) in Whyalla
MEDIA RELEASE 30 JULY 2021
ARAS acknowledges that the closing of Annie Lockwood Court at Kindred Living in Whyalla is deeply distressing for residents and family members, and the community of Whyalla.
Carolanne Barkla, Chief Executive of ARAS, says, "ARAS intends to support and work with the residents and their representatives, ensuring their rights, entitlements and options are upheld during this difficult time. ARAS believes that all older people should have equity of access to safe, high quality aged care services."
If you need advocacy support or information, please contact ARAS on (08) 8232 5377 or toll-free 1800 700 600.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - let’s talk about elder abuse prevention!
MEDIA RELEASE 17 JUNE 2021
Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) has held an annual WEAAD conference for the past 15 years, and this year will be hosting its second WEAAD online forum, with ‘Elder abuse prevention – let’s talk’ as the theme.
The forum will be held on today, from 10.30am to 1.30pm ACST, and will be opened by the Honourable Stephen Wade MLC, Minister for Health and Wellbeing.
ARAS Chairperson awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
MEDIA RELEASE 28 JANUARY 2021
Anne Burgess, Chairperson of Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) has been recognised in the Australia Day 2021 Honours list and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to mental health, gender equality and older people.
Aged Rights Advocacy Service awarded Certificate level ASES accreditation
MEDIA RELEASE 18 JANUARY 2021
Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) has been awarded Certificate level accreditation by the Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES).
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 the 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.
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