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.
Reports of abuse, neglect and violence of Victorians with disability double
19 October 2017
Suicides, self-harm, violence in mental health
19 October 2017
Most vulnerable missing out on mental health support/NDIS
19 October 2017
Community visiting programs glaring omission from the NDIS safeguarding bill
19 October 2017
Public Advocate launches Enabling Justice report
27 September 2017
Public Advocate's Police Awards 2017 - Nominations now open!
20 September 2017
‘Your life, your choice’ publications now available
16 August 2017
'Your life, your choice' is a joint project of the Victorian Aboriginal Service and Office of the Public Advocate (OPA), funded by the Legal Services Board Grant Program 2017, to deliver culturally-appropriate and accessible information to Victoria's Koori community.
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.
Increase in abuse and neglect in mental health and disability facilities
Fairfax publications, 19 October 2017
More abuse among vulnerable Victorians
AAP, 19 October 2017
Christine Dimer announced as 'Kazzie of the Year'
Neos Kosmos, 12 September 2017
Choosing a power of attorney DIY (audio)
ABC Radio, 8 September 2017
NSW Trustee and Guardian scotches surety bond scheme
The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 2017
Search for volunteer community visitors to maintain welfare and dignity of the vulnerable
The Bendigo Advertiser, 25 July 2017
New booklet explains powers of attorney
The Senior, 24 July 2017
'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