Advocacy

Who is an advocate?

​Some examples of advocates but not limited to are: 

 

  • A family member

  • A friend

  • A neighbour

  • Your doctor

  • Your local church minister

  • A staff member from the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Women

What is advocacy?



Involves representing and working with a person or group of people who may need support and encouragement to excersise their rights, in order to ensure that their rights are upheld.

 

May involve speaking, acting or writing on behalf of another person or group.

 

Advocates are not impartial because they work entirely from the perspective and interests of the person.

 

Their role is to assist by representing the persons wishes.

What is the role of an advocate?

 

With your permission you have the right to request an advocate to be present to assist you with understanding and making decisions which will be made in your best interests. Decisions in regards to:

 

  • Access to services

  • Information about services

  • Freedom of choice

  • Health care records

  • Rights & Responsibilities

  • Rights to complain

 

The Townsville Aboriginala nd Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Women Commonwealth Home Support Program fully support and respect the Rights of the Care Recipients.

 

Policy Statement

 

The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Women Commonwealth Home Support Program will encourage Care Recipients to utilise an advocate of their choice to ensure that Care Recipients rights of service choices are respected.

 

Without Advocacy - Confusion and stress
With Advocacy - Happier and confident

 

  • Seeking assistance from someone to support you with solving a problem makes you feel happier and confident

  • Not being able to solve a problem as an individual can cause you confusion and stress.

  • If you find it hard to speak up, write or act on your own behalf than ask for an advocate who can help you.

 

"When you ask for what you need and recieve what people and the world have to give, you reduce stress and gain energy." - Amanda Owen