‘Securing Their Future’ - Office of the Public Advocate and State Trustees collaborate to publish new edition for carers
9 August 2016
‘Securing Their Future’, a resource for parents, relatives and significant others caring for Victorians with a decision-making disability, has been jointly published by Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) and State Trustees.
The publication, launched this morning at State Trustees in Footscray by Health and Carers Parliamentary Secretary Mary-Anne Thomas MP and Treasury and Finance Parliamentary Secretary, Daniel Mulino MP, sets out in simple terms, how those caring for Victorians with a decision-making disability can protect and safeguard their futures.
Jointly produced by OPA, an independent statutory body that safeguards the rights and interests of people with disability in Victoria, and State Trustees, Victoria’s Public Trustee, the new edition includes updates on the revised powers of attorney legislation and how carers can effectively plan for the future of those they care for.
Copies of ‘Securing Their Future’ can be ordered through the Victorian Legal Aid website or downloaded from the State Trustees and OPA websites.
State Trustees CEO, Craig Dent said, ‘Securing Their Future’ is a vital resource for those concerned about the future well-being of those they care for, should they be unable to do so themselves.
“Victoria’s 773,000 carers and their specific needs are often overlooked in our community and it’s an issue we at State Trustees and our clients face on a daily basis. I sincerely hope this new collaborative publication will assist those in search of more information on how to best secure the futures of their loved ones.
“‘Securing Their Future’ is an excellent starting point and we’re very proud to be associated with it, however, we stress to Victorian carers that this document is created to inform and educate, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal or financial advice,” Mr Dent said.
Public Advocate Colleen Pearce said giving carers the tools to provide for the people they care for after they can no longer do so, is a very fundamental part of OPA's mission.
“I hope Carers will find this new updated resource comforting, useful and accessible. OPA is delighted to partner with State Trustees to bring this edition to Victorian Carers,” Ms Pearce said.
Ms Thomas said the new publication will greatly assist carers in planning a better future for their nearest and dearest.
"We all need to make provisions for those who rely on us for support and this can sometimes be more difficult when the person you care for has a disability. I'm sure this guide will prove to be a valuable tool to assist carers in preparing for the future of their loved ones,” Ms Thomas said.
State Trustees, Victoria’s Public Trustee since 1852, provides a broad range of legal and financial services to protect and provide peace of mind in difficult times. The range of services include: Will and power of attorney preparation, financial power of attorney administration, trustee services, personal financial administration and executor services.
OPA promotes the rights and dignity of Victorians with disabilities. It has responsibility for guardianship services in Victoria and supports a number of volunteer programs. Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, leads OPA staff and more than 900 volunteers as they work to eliminate abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.
Copies of ‘Securing Their Future’ can be ordered through www.legalaid.vic.gov.au, or downloaded at https://www.statetrustees.com.au/securing-future-publication/ and http://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au
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About State Trustees State Trustees provides a broad range of legal and financial services to provide security and peace of mind in difficult times. We’re here to help. Call us on 03 9667 6444, outside Melbourne call 1300 138 672 or visit us at www.statetrustees.com.au.
About Office of the Public Advocate
Office of the Public Advocate provides a free advice service on guardianship and administration, enduring powers of attorney, consent to medical or dental treatment and referral to OPA’s Community Visitors Program. To speak with the OPA Advice Service call
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