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This section discusses advocacy on behalf of persons with a mental incapacity. There are two main types of advocacy: individual and systemic.

Individual advocacy involves representing the interests of a person with a mental incapacity. This may include:

  • speaking for and promoting their rights and interests
  • speaking for and negotiating for resolutions to any problems they may have
  • giving support to and promoting the interest of carers

Systemic Advocacy addresses issues causing problems for groups of people with a mental incapacity and their carers. The Public Advocate undertakes systemic advocacy by:

  • reviewing programs designed to meet client's needs
  • identifies areas of unmet or inappropriately met needs
  • recommending to relevant Ministers and other decision makers the development of programs to meet those needs or to improve existing programs
Advocacy  :  Last Revised: Wed Jun 4th 2014
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