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.
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