Latest news...
ATI 2013-16 Strategic Plan now available.
2013 ATOD CEP Service Development Plan now available.
ATI newsletter #1 now available.
Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline commences operation.
Tasmanian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program Policy draft response now available.
Every Australian Counts Campaign
Cuts to Disability Advocacy Services hurt Tasmania's most disadvantaged
IFS proceedings

Independent Advocacy

"Working to protect your rights."

Advocacy Tasmania Inc. (ATI) is an independent, non-government organisation that has provided advocacy services across Tasmania to older people, and people with disabilities, since 1990.

In recent years, we have broadened our client groups to include other vulnerable, disadvantaged and stigmatised groups.

The organisation works to protect and promote the rights and interests of its clients. Older people, people with a mental health disorder, people with disabilities and people who use ATOD services, their carers and relatives are provided with a free, statewide, and confidential advocacy service.

Latest news

ATI 2013-16 Strategic Plan now available.

Our strategic plan for the next three years is now available. To reach our goals, we are focused on 3 key strategic themes which will guide our activities.

More information is available from the reports & strategy section on our publications page.

ATOD Consumer Engagement Program Service Development Plan 2013

This next stage of the service development plan concentrates on themes identified in the 'Where to from Here' Forum of April 2012. The plan is based on the recognition that there is an increase in both tools available to service providers to develop and facilitate at the very least, low-level activity in the sector, as well as a desire to achieve higher level consumer engagement. The plan is therefore shifting focus to higher level consumer engagement (while remaining supportive to the improvement of activity at all levels).

More information is available from the consumer engagement section on our publications page.

Issue #1 of our newsletter now available online

Visit the newsletters section on our publications page to access our first newsletter.

Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline commences operation

Elder abuse is not okay - a Tasmanian Government-supported initiative

The Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor, recently announced that ATI was selected to operate the new Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline. The Helpline is one part of the State Government's Elder Abuse Strategy, "Protecting Older Tasmanians from Abuse".

The Helpline provides callers with information, advice and referral on actions they can take to prevent and respond to elder abuse in its many guises; emotional, physical, financial, social, sexual and neglect. The Helpline commenced on August 23, 2012. Visit our Helpline webpage for more information.

ATOD Consumer Engagement Resources now available

We have created and sourced key documents, tools and templates for service-providing organisations working to develop consumer engagement approaches. New resources will be regularly added to this site. These resources are available on our publications page.

Tasmanian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program Policy & Clinical Standards response.

ATI has responsed to the draft Tasmanian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program Policy & Clinical Standards. You can download our response from the publications page.

Every Australian Counts Campaign

Every Australian Counts logo

Advocacy Tasmania has pledged its support for the Every Australian Counts Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to make sure that the Federal Government implements the recommendations of the Productivity Commission and commits to introducing a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For more information visit the Every Australian Counts website.

Cuts to Disability Advocacy Services hurt Tasmania's most disadvantaged

Advocacy Tasmania and Speak Out Tasmania joined in condemning the Tasmanian Government's decision to slash disability advocacy resources. Both organisations lost funding for a full-time disability advocate position after five years of successful operation. Read the media release for full details: PDF (114KB), Word (80KB), or RTF (1MB).

IFS proceedings now available

ATI partnered with DHHS in organising this important symposium, featuring a range of speakers who offered consumer, service-provider, government and researcher perspectives on the value of individualised funding (IF) approaches. Many thanks to those who helped make the day successful - it was clear that considerable support exists for an expansion of IF models in Tasmania.

Visit our systemic advocacy page for full details.

We wish to acknowledge the funding provided by the Mental Health Council of Australia and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing through the NGO Capacity Development Grants for the development of this website.