The Aged-care Rights Service (TARS) was re-launched with its new name Seniors Rights Service at a symposium held on 25 November 2015 at Surry Hills, Sydney.
The event was addressed by the following speakers:
- Hon John Ajaka, Minister for Ageing
- Rodney Lewis, Elder Law and Human Rights Activist
- Nan Bosler, President of Australian Seniors’ Computer Club Association
- Craig Gear, President of Senior Rights Service
“It is paramount that Seniors Right Service retains its core values but at the same time develops a modern identity. We feel it’s important to let people know what we stand for in a clear and concise way and our new tagline ‘Your Rights, Your Voice’ reinforces that. The landscape and funding environment within ageing and aged-care is changing and we recognised the need for change,” Craig Gear said.
The purpose of the Seniors Rights Service is to foster communities where older members of society are aware of, actively exercising and defending their individual rights, in a society that respects and values older people and promotes and upholds their rights.
The organisation has 30 years of experience in delivering services to the most vulnerable and marginalized older people across NSW.
The organization has expanded over its history and now provides the following key services:
- Legal services targeting older people in NSW as part of the Community Legal Centre network.
- Retirement Village advocacy and advice to NSW residents of villages.
- Individual Advocacy for NSW recipients and potential of Commonwealth funded residential and community based aged-care services
- Education across NSW ensuring older people and their representatives are aware of the rights of older people
The organization has launched its new five-year strategic plan to provide a roadmap of how to further develop or ability to reach vulnerable and disadvantaged older people across NSW, including older people from ethnically diverse backgrounds and other special needs groups.
The Seniors Rights Service will refine a growing suite of peer based and other advice, education services for older people across NSW. This will support older people to understand and stand up for their rights into the future.