Advocacy Tasmania Inc. (ATI) is an independent, non-government organisation that has provided advocacy services across Tasmania since 1990. The ATI team comprises members of the Board of Management, staff, volunteers and members who act separately and jointly to progress the interests of our clients at an individual and systems level.
We work to promote and protect the rights and interests of our clients. We provide a free, State-wide, independent and confidential 'Your Say' advocacy service to older people, people with mental health issues, people with disabilities and people with drug and/or alcohol related problems, their carers and relatives. In addition, ATI takes a leadership role in advocating for systemic change on issues affecting our client groups.
ATI's service is free, confidential and State-wide.
ATI Newsletter issue 4.
Our June 2104, Issue 4 newsletter is now available for download from our publications page.
Briefing paper on long term supported accommodation
Advocacy Tasmania has contribured to a briefing paper on the long term supported accommodation situation for Mental Health Consumers. For more information, go to our Systemic Advocacy page.
ATI Position Paper on the Tasmanian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program
Advocacy Tasmania has just completed a Position Paper on the Tasmanian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program (TOPP). The paper draws extensively on a survey conducted by ATI of service users' experiences of the TOPP. For more information, go to our systemic advocacy page.
Disability Advocacy Video
One of ATI's funding bodies, the Australian Government's National Disability Advocacy Program, has produced a DVD about advocacy for people with disabilities. The purpose of the DVD is to ensure that people with disability, their families and carers have access to information that will assist them to be more aware of the role that disability advocacy can play in their lives, the responsibilities of advocacy organisations and how to access advocacy support. It contains information about the six advocacy models funded by NDAP and includes stories told by people with disability, who have benefited from advocacy support, and the advocates who have worked with them. The video can be watched below, and can also be navigated in chapters on YouTube.
Mental Health Tribunal Representation Scheme eLearning program now online.
ATI's MHTRS eLearning Program is a free, on-line, self-paced program which has been developed by ATI.
View the overview to access the package.
New Mental Health Act
Tasmania's new Mental Health Act 2013 commenced on Monday 17 February 2014. If you would like to know more, follow this link to the website for the Act.
ATI Budget Priority Statement for 2014-15.
Advocacy Tasmania has recently completed its Budget Priority Statement (BPS). Each year the State Government asks for submissions from the community as to what issues it should include in its budget for the following financial year. In this case it is the 2014/15 year.
ATI's BPS has recently been submitted to the Government and it makes the following recommendations.
Summary of recommendations
The Tasmanian Government recommits to the funding of the Elder Abuse Strategy for a further three years at the current level with the following additions:
- An increase of $20,000 for the operation of the TEAHL (total funds $140,000)
- An increase of $20,000 for TV advertisements related to the TEAHL (total funds $80,000)
- Additional funds of $15,000 for supplementary promotional material
- Additional funds of $100,000 over the next three years to incorporate the COTA peer education program into the funded strategy.
The Tasmanian Government honours its commitment in the current strategy by appointing a project officer and commencing regional interagency groups as a matter of urgency.
The Tasmanian Government should provide an immediate injection of $277,000 to the Public Trustee to assist with fee subsidisation for low income clients who are currently on mandatory orders.
A review of the fee structure should be conducted to inform future decisions on the amount of recurrent funding required for fee subsidisation for low income clients on mandatory orders.
Funding for an additional 2.2FTE Mental Health Advocacy positions be provided to Advocacy Tasmania on a recurrent basis. Total estimated cost $270,000 p.a. (subject to annual review and indexation).
The Mental Health Tribunal is provided with additional funding of $500,000 p.a.
The Tasmanian Government increases the funding to the MHTRS by 50%. Total cost $100,000 p.a. over a period of three years (subject to review and indexation).
Additional funding, equivalent to the amount previously expended by Mental Health Services through its centralised register, be allocated to Flourish annually for the specific purpose of covering sitting fees, administration and training related costs for consumers who participate in organisational development roles across the Tasmanian mental health sector.
An estimated additional $15,000 should be allocated as a one-off grant to Flourish to enable the design and implementation of regional and statewide peer consumer training sessions (and production of related materials) to ensure optimal understanding of the implications of the Mental Health Act 2012.
- That the government investigate the way in which other states and territories have provided long-term supported housing for people with severe psychosocial disability.
- That appropriate housing for this cohort be placed on the Capital Funding list because although they will eventually be provided support through the NDIS, there is currently insufficient and inadequate housing for this group.
- That a roll-out of housing provision for this group be trialled in the southern region with provision for 30 people. This could be placed within community housing projects being currently rolled out.
Recurrent funding to Advocacy Tasmania, Speak Out Tasmania and the Association for Children with Disabilities to provide proactive advocacy support to Tasmanians impacted by transitions in disability service delivery should be based on current unmet need, projected roles arising from the transition to the NDIS, and the ongoing requirement that advocacy organisations have an appropriate mix of Commonwealth and State funding to ensure independence. (Estimated additional cost for 2013-14: $240,000; out-years: dependent on full implementation of unit costing.)
Funding should be provided for the development of a disability consumer organisation to ensure that any such group can contribute to quality assurance and quality improvement processes across the Tasmanian disability sector. Total estimated cost 2014-15 $170,000 (subject to review and indexation).
Funding should be provided for the development of an ATOD consumer organisation to ensure that any such group can contribute to quality assurance and quality improvement processes across the Tasmanian ATOD sector. Total estimated cost 2014-15 $170,000 (subject to review and indexation).
The Tasmanian Government undertakes research on the impact of dispensing fees on consumers and the potential for the introduction of appropriate hardship provisions.
You can read the full BPS in the submissions section of our Publications page.
ATI Annual Report for 2012-13.
Our Annual Report for the 2012-13 financial year is now available for download fromt the reports section on our Publications page.
ATI submission to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill 2013 Consultation October 2013.
We recently completed our submission to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Bill 2013 Consultation October 2013. The submission is available from the ATI papers / submissions section on our Publications page.
ATI funded for External Merits Review Support.
Advocacy Tasmania has been funded to provide External Merits Review Support to people seeking an external review of decisions made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA); the agency was formerly called DisabilityCare Australia. External Merits Review is part of the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Tasmania, which is a launch site for people with disabilities aged 15 to 24 years. More information is now available from the disability section on our publications page.