What is advocacy?
Advocacy is where a qualified person supports an individual who is vulnerable or lacking capacity, helping them express their needs and wishes and secure their rights and the services they need. For example, an advocate might go with an individual to GP appointments.
Advocacy can help an individual to:
- Express their views and concerns during a decision making process
- Understand their legal rights, medical treatment and any safeguards that apply
- Access information and understand what is being offered
- Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
- Explore choices and options.
In addition to professional referrals, staff and residents can also self-refer. There is no cost to residents for these services.
There are various statutory and non-statutory advocacy services available. Eligibility criteria apply.