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OPAN panel discussion confronts disturbing epidemic of sexual assault in aged care

A devastating 530 incidences of sexual abuse were reported within residential aged care facilities in the last quarter of 2021. A panel discussion hosted by prominent journalist and feminist activist, Jane Caro, has examined awareness and the stamping out of the sexual abuse of elders across this country. BIANCA ROBERTS dialed in

Webinar on ‘Preventing sexual assault of people with dementia in residential aged care’

This important OPAN webinar outlines the role that perceptions of people with dementia play in their vulnerability to sexual assault in residential aged care and offers practical resources for prevention.

OPAN roundtable highlights importance of elder input into aged care policy and reform

A recent OPAN roundtable has highlighted the importance of older people's voices in maintaining pressure on politicians during the election campaign, with the discussion guided by five prominent aged care advocates and members of OPAN’s Older Persons Reference Group. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Lively discussion expected during OPAN’s policy agenda online roundtable

OPAN’s policy agenda will be discussed in greater detail during an online, roundtable discussion hosted via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3 at 11am. Hosted by a number of prominent advocates, the aim of the roundtable is to highlight the voices of older people in order to maintain pressure on politicians throughout the election campaign.

OPAN and ACPA call for overhaul to aged care advance care planning

The Older Persons Advocacy Network and Advance Care Planning Australia have called for older Australians to have more choice and control over their health and aged care planning decisions.

Winter is coming: OPAN CEO opens up on the urgency for getting rights of older people in order

Balancing the human rights of aged care residents with an equally important obligation to protect them in this pandemic is proving a difficult and ongoing quandary. OPAN chief executive officer Craig Gear tells BIANCA ROBERTS it's going to take a combined effort on the part of government, health systems and private residential facilities to find a resolution.

Recording of webinar on COVID-19 booster vaccinations in residential aged care now available

A recording of the live webinar on the COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout in residential aged care, held on 3 November 2021, is now available on the Department’s website.

Breakthrough new project on sexual assault acknowledges a nation that is #Ready To Listen

It’s an uncomfortable truth, but every week at least 50 sexual assaults take place in aged care facilities across our nation. It is devastating, it is a travesty, it is something we as a nation must face and we must change.

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