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Elder care and seniors support

National and state support services for the elderly

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Find an organisation that can help with elder care and support services for seniors.

National

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Australian Government agency responsible for aged care quality and complaints about aged care services

Association of Independent Retirees (AIR)

represents self-funded retirees on issues that affect them

Council on the Ageing (COTA)

consumer body protecting the wellbeing of older people

Dementia Australia

peak body for people of all ages living with dementia, their family and carers

Department of Human Services

payments and services for retirees and people planning to retire or work past Age Pension age

Department of Social Services

programs, services and grants for seniors

Department of Veterans' Affairs

advice for veterans on a range of issues, including pensions, health care, home care and housing

My Aged Care

access point for Australian Government aged care services

National Seniors Australia

lobbies government on behalf of people aged 50 and over

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

national advocacy and information for people raising a concern or complaint about aged care

SCOA (Superannuated Commonwealth Officers Association)

not-for-profit looking after the retirement interests of members

Life Without Barriers

care and support services in urban, rural and remote places

Australian Capital Territory

ADACAS (Disability Aged Carer Advocacy Service)

not-for-profit helping older people and their carers

ACT government: Elder Abuse Prevention Program

explains how to report elder abuse

Northern Territory

NT government: Office of Senior Territorians

information and links for older people and those who provide services to seniors

Seniors and Disability Rights Service (Darwin Community Legal Service)

helping older people with their rights

New South Wales

Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit (EAHRU)

confidential helpline for older people abused in their homes

Older People's Mental Health (OPMH) services (NSW Health)

activities and programs to support the mental health and wellbeing of older people

NSW government: Planning Ahead Tools

tools and resources about wills and powers of attorney

Seniors Rights Service

community legal centre for older people receiving care at home, in nursing homes and retirement villages

Queensland

Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia (ADA Australia)

not-for-profit supporting the wellbeing of older people

Elder Abuse Prevention Unit (EAPU) UnitingCare Community

promoting the right of older people to live free from abuse — operates under Lifeline Brisbane

Queensland government: Office of the Public Advocate

looking after the rights of adults who can't make their own decisions

Queensland Law Society (Elder Law Section)

identifying areas of the law that affect services for older people

Queensland Health: Seniors

information and resources on staying active and healthy in older age

Caxton Legal Centre (CLC) Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS)

legal service for seniors

Seniors Enquiry Line UnitingCare Community

enquiry line for seniors and their families, friends and carers

Queensland government: Seniors one stop shop

links to Queensland Government services for seniors

South Australia

Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS)

guidance on how to support older people who are being abused

SA Health: Older people's services

links to health services for older people

SA government: Seniors' rights

guidance for seniors about their legal rights

South Australia Police: Home Assist

security and personal safety services for the Home and Community Care (HACC) program

Tasmania

Advocacy Tasmania

looking after the rights of seniors

COTA Tasmania (Council on the Ageing)

programs to promote healthy ageing

Tasmania Police: Personal Safety Handbook

safety advice and contacts for older people

Victoria

Victorian government: Ageing and aged care

links to the Victorian Government's aged care services

Elder Rights Advocacy

promoting the rights of Victorians who receive aged care services

Victorian government: Seniors Online

Victorian Government resources for older Victorians

Seniors Rights Victoria

information and support to protect the elderly and prevent abuse

Western Australia

Access WA

access to services with universal access, such as parking, toilets, accommodation, sports and recreation

Advocare

advocating for older people and people with disabilities

Independent Living Centre (ILC) WA

information, training, funding and hire services for people to live independent lives

Retirees WA

not-for-profit advocating for seniors

WA government: Seniors Housing

advice on housing options for seniors