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Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is a national network comprised of nine state and territory organisations that have been successfully delivering advocacy, information and education services to older people in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia for over 25 years. Older Persons Advocacy Network’s free services support older people and their representatives to address … Continued

Elder Rights Advocacy

Area of operation:



1800 700 600 or (03) 9602 3066

Advocacy is available for people receiving aged care services. This includes people who: live in a nursing home or hostel receive a community aged care package (support at home) receive flexible care have been assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) used to receive aged care services or are representing the interests of the person … Continued

Victorian Independent Office for School Dispute resolution

The Independent Office for School Dispute Resolution works alongside parents​​, students and Victorian government schools to resolve issues through an independent, simple and fair process. The Independent Office is the final step in the Department of Education and Training’s dispute resolution process. Your school should always be the first point of contact for a complaint, followed … Continued

REAL Choice for DHHS Disability Housing

This Facebook community exists to connect families with disabled loved ones in DHHS residential units who have similar concerns about the changes with residential units being privatised – a decision taken without any consultation with the residents. Shouldn’t staying with DHHS be a viable option for residents who are not interested in disruptive, uncertain changes?  

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Deafness Forum of Australia

Deafness Forum of Australia is the peak national body representing the interests and viewpoints of the 3.5 million Australians who are concerned with the quality of their hearing and the effects it has on their lives and the people around them. Deafness Forum provides balanced and realistic advice to the Australian Government and the Opposition … Continued

Down Syndrome Australia

Down Syndrome Australia was established in 2011 as the peak body for people with Down syndrome in Australia. Our purpose is to influence social and policy change, and provide a national profile and voice for people living with Down syndrome. We work collaboratively with the state and territory Down syndrome associations to achieve our mission. … Continued


A4 is an establish national systemic advocacy organisation advocating for autistic people and their associates since 2002. A4 aims to represent the diverse and sometimes conflicting views of autistic people and the families of young autistic people.    

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New Wave

Area of operation:


(03) 5136 2406

This self advocacy group operates in the Gippsland area for people with intellectual disability interested in learning about their rights and supporting each other to become more  integrated into the local community. Glynn Evans at DHHS Gippsland is the contact person for this group.