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What is systemic advocacy?

Systemic advocacy involves working for long-term social change to make sure legislation, policies and practices support the rights and interests of people with impaired decision-making ability.

This can include influencing;

  • The creation of new laws or changes to current laws
  • The priorities and plans of government and non-government agencies
  • The policies and procedures that relate to services or systems
  • The way in which government and non-government agencies provide services

Systemic advocacy seeks to make positive changes for a whole group of people rather than one individual. It responds to issues and barriers that keep on occurring for many individuals with impaired decision-making ability during their day-to-day lives.

Individual advocacy is about supporting people with impaired decision-making ability to;

  • Voice their concerns
  • Access information
  • Solve any issues
  • Identify available options

It is important that systemic advocacy undertaken by the Public Advocate is informed by the lived experiences of people with impaired decision-making ability.

Hearing about individual matters and experiences help us to work out;

  • Areas of concern in the community
  • Serious problems with Queensland systems
  • Issues that could be addressed through our systemic advocacy work