Current research and advocacy activities
We are involved in a range of activities that aim to encourage changes to the systems that support and respond to people with impaired decision-making capacity.
Some of these activities occur in response to inquiries that are being led by other agencies or by Government. The Public Advocate may be consulted on the changes that are being considered in these processes, or may ask the relevant agency for the opportunity to discuss the work that they are doing. The Public Advocate may also write a submission to make sure the relevant issues for people with impaired decision-making capacity are considered by the agency.
The Public Advocate also leads a strategic research and advocacy agenda that explores specific issues identified by the Public Advocate through discussions with stakeholders in the sector. The Office of the Public Advocate is currently working on the following projects:
- Legal frameworks for the use of restrictive practices in aged care
- Monitoring the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Key systems impacting adults with impaired capacity monitoring project
- Upholding the right to life and health of people with disability
We are also working on other initiatives and activities which are outlined in our business plan.