History

Elder Rights Advocacy began in 1990 under the name Residential Care Rights. For the first twelve years we were auspiced by the Older Persons’ Action Centre before becoming registered as Residential Care Rights Inc. in 2002.

In 2006/07 we changed our name to Elder Rights Advocacy to reflect that our information, advocacy and community education work covered all forms of home-based aged care as well as residential aged care.

Inaugural members of the Board/Management Committee included the legendary activist Edith Morgan, Margaret O’Callaghan and George Rozensteins. The initial involvement of people like Edith, Margaret and George, and our many other talented and committed Board members and staff members over the years has provided a strong base for our organisation to this day. Of particular note is Mary Lyttle, our long-term CEO who retired in 2017 after 28 years in the job, and current Bendigo-based staff member, Debra Nicholl, who has been with us since 2005.

In mid 2017, funding arrangements for the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) were changed from direct provision of funding for organisations in each state/territory to one national funding pool organised through the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN). We are proud to be members of OPAN as the Victorian NACAP Service Delivery Organisation (SDO) alongside our OPAN SDO partners in other states and territories.