Speeches, messages and policy position statements from the Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce.
Position statement: Right to tell one’s own story
OPA supports the calls of people with experience of being under guardianship or administration to be allowed to share their own stories publicly and without undue constraints
Statement to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission hearing
It is extremely difficult for people with cognitive disability or people with a mental illness or psychosocial disability to make a complaint, particularly where they are in the criminal or civil justice systems.
Position statement: NDIS Independent Assessments
The Office of the Public Advocate stands with the disability advocacy sector in requesting that the NDIA reconsider its proposal to introduce independent assessments.
Position statement: Promoting the health of people with disability during the pandemic
OPA endorses the use of human rights-based frameworks for decision-making, highlighting the importance of supported decision-making principles and practices.
COVID-19: A message to People with Disability
Like many aspects of our society, the current COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects people with disability.