Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, has today congratulated the recipients of the Older People Speak Out Awards (OPSO), which recognise the work of the Australian media in promoting positive ageing.
“The OPSO awards salute the media’s important role in informing the broader community about ageing in 21st century Australia,” Minister Wyatt said.
“The media is a powerful tool and through print, television and radio journalism at its best, can help address the misconception that ageing automatically equals frailty and losing quality of life.”
The OPSO awards acknowledge the work of the media in categories ranging from best coverage of a controversial issue affecting older people, to best feature story illustrating positive ageing.
“These awards shine a light on where we need to do better and also help ensure our older people are treated with the respect they deserve,” said Minister Wyatt.
“The Turnbull Government recognises the importance of senior Australians and supports the promotion of positive ageing in the community.
“We are implementing once in a generation reforms to Australia’s aged care system so that our senior Australians, who built this nation, have access to consumer-centred, quality, affordable and flexible aged care.”
The Commonwealth is supporting OPSO with $30,000 in funding from the Dementia and Aged Care Services program, through until to June 2020.
Since 1994 the OPSO awards, which are run by the all-volunteer organisation, have expanded to include 11 awards and two people’s choice awards.
A full list of the recipients of the Older People Speak Out Awards is available on the website.
Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449