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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

OPAN welcomes new Age Discrimination Commissioner

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) today welcomed the appointment of Robert Fitzgerald AM as the new Age Discrimination Commissioner. 

“Mr Fitzgerald is an exceptional candidate,” OPAN CEO, Craig Gear said.

“A long-time advocate for the human rights of older people and the prevention of elder abuse, Mr Fitzgerald is highly respected within the aged care sector.

“OPAN looks forward to engaging with Mr Fitzgerald at a national level at this critical time for the rights of older people.”

Mr Gear noted the Australian Human Rights Commission’s continued focus on guardianship, powers of attorney and elder abuse.

“The ongoing issues around Enduring Power of Attorney are of significant concern,” he said.

“This is an area we hope Mr Fitzgerald will champion.”

Mr Fitzgerald is a leading human rights lawyer and social justice advocate. He has been the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner since 2019 and was previously an Australian Productivity Commissioner, NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman.

Mr Fitzgerald takes over the role from Dr Kay Patterson AO, who completed her seven-year term on 28 July last year.

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