The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) is committed to increasing public awareness of the rights of people with disability through the media.
This includes providing media releases and making comments and statements about OPA’s research, policy and position when approached by journalists.
For all media and communications enquiries, contact OPA Communications Unit on 1300 309 337 or 0409 197 717.
Addressing and preventing elder abuse
15 June 2017
To coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June, 2017, the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) has released a position statement seeking national reforms to address and prevent elder abuse.
OPA and State Trustees release 2017 Administration Guide
The guide, a joint project of OPA and State Trustees, has also been extensively edited and updated, with the aim of creating a user-friendly publication to help administrators during this often challenging time.
2017 Inspire Awards - Jane Rosengrave wins Public Advocate's Best Achievement in Disability Advocacy
26 April 2017
Public Advocate Colleen Pearce said that with 90 per cent of women with an intellectual disability experiencing sexual abuse, Jane's willingness to speak about her experiences and tireless advocacy has given a human face to this shocking statistic and brought much-needed public attention to this previously ignored issue.
Public Advocate calls on Australian Government to act on safeguards
28 March 2017
Public Advocate Colleen Pearce said that, following last night's Four Corners' investigation of abuse in disability group homes, that the Australian Government must hasten its evaluation of existing community visitor models of safeguarding.
Public Advocate releases 2016 Scorecard
22 December 2016
Guardianship orders, requests for advice and education sessions up, complaints down 41 per cent in 2016.
Public Advocate’s Outstanding Service to People with Disability Awards
2 December 2016
The Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, has recognised police officers demonstrating outstanding service to people with disability at an awards ceremony held at the World Trade Centre.
Abuse and Violence doubles in SRS
13 October 2016
Incidences of abuse, neglect and violence doubled in Government-regulated supported accommodation for vulnerable Victorians in the last financial year.
CONNECTED Art Exhibition
10 October 2016
Colleen Pearce presents the Public Advocate's Award to Justine Martin for her work 'More Than is Seen' at the 14th State Trustees' CONNECTED Art Exhibition.
Launch of new edition of Securing their Future
9 August 2016
Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, and State Trustees’ CEO, Craig Dent, launched the new edition of Securing their Future at the State Trustee’s office in Footscray.
Public Advocate honours VICSERV
20 May 2016
The Public Advocate's Award 2016 has been granted to the peak body of Victoria's community-managed mental health services.
Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV) was awarded the honour at its biennial conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre due to its long-standing work with services, their consumers, families and carers.
Mental health homes unfit for purpose
12 November 2015
Community Visitors report mental health services are regularly discharging chronically ill patients to government-regulated group homes which are grossly ill-equipped to care for them.
New powers of attorney will help thwart abuse
31 August 2015
Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, has welcomed new powers of attorney in Victoria which come into force on 1 September, 2015.
Ms Pearce said the new powers included protections for people with disability against financial and other abuse.
'It'll affect someone you know:' Elderly hit by rising tide of domestic violence
The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax publications, 15 June 2017
We are failing our most vulnerable even in their own homes
The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax publications, 5 March 2017
Mentally ill patients at risk without treatment in overcrowded jails
The Sunday Age, 4 February 2017
Helping boy worth a prize
Monash Leader, 24 January 2017
21-year-old with cerebral palsy 'unable' to feel pain, carers claimed
The Age, 14 October 2016
Disabled Victorian woman half-dragged by carers into residential home, report finds
ABC news, 14 October 2016
Disabled Vic woman half-dragged into home
The Western Australian, 14 Ocotber 2016
New edition of Securing their Future for VIC carers
Senior Australian news and research, 11 August 2016
Kids of mental patients ‘not always at risk’: public advocate
The Australian, 23 September 2015
Interview with the Public Advocate about the removal of children from parents with disability
Drive - ABC Radio, 22 September 2015
Parents with a disability face greater chance of losing children: report
The Age, 22 September 2015
Disabled people need better support in family violence cases
Opinion piece, The Age, 19 August 2015
Victoria must seize chance to lead nation to safeguard people with disability
Opinion piece, The Age, 26 June 2015
Hundreds of Victoria mental health patients die prematurely each year
The Age, 24 May 2015
Bipartisan stance sends clear message about abuse of citizens with disability
Opinion piece, The Age, 9 December 2014