MEDIA RELEASE: COTA welcomes new National Aged Care Advocacy Program 11 July 201719/11/2017Aged Care Reform Leading seniors’ advocacy group, COTA Australia, today welcomed the introduction of a new National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) to be implemented by the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said OPAN would receive $25.7 million over the next three years to supply wide-ranging advocacy services for older Australians through its network of nine service delivery organisations. Chief Executive of COTA Australia, Ian Yates, commended the Minister on demonstrating the government’s commitment to improving the lives of our older Australians and looks forward to seeing the national advocacy program in action. “We are operating in a rapidly changing aged care environment which means now, more than ever, information and support to older Australians is crucial to enable them to exercise their rights and get the best out of the aged care system,” said Ian Yates. “Advocacy groups have a crucial role to play in ensuring older Australians are fully aware of the broad suite of rights they are afforded as both citizens and as consumers.” “This is now a genuinely national program that should in the near future see better outcomes for aged care consumers everywhere across Australia. “The NACAP must adopt a collaborative operative approach, constantly engaging with seniors organisations like COTA, as well as service providers, stakeholders and older Australians to understand what the industry is doing well, and what areas need improving.” Media contact: Ian Yates 0418 835 439, Bronte Kerr 0411 676 269 COTA Australia is the peak policy development, advocacy and representation organisation for older Australians, representing COTAs in every State and Territory and through them over 500,000 older Australians.