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Individual advocacy

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term494982
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/11/2014
Definition:Help on this term

Individual advocacy includes services that seek to represent the rights and interests of people with a mental illness, on a one-to-one basis, by addressing instances of discrimination, abuse and neglect.

Individual advocates work with people with mental illness on either a short-term or issue-specific basis.

Individual advocates:

  • work with people with mental illness requiring one-to-one advocacy support
  • develop a plan of action (sometimes called an individual advocacy plan), in partnership with the person with a mental illness, that maps out clearly defined goals
  • educate people with mental illness about their rights
  • work through the individual advocacy plan in partnership with the person with a mental illness (FaHCSIA 2012).
Context:Help on this termMental health non-government organisation establishments service type taxonomy.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termDistinguishing features:
  • One-on-one services
  • Primary service provided is advocacy
  • Development of a plan of action
  • Educate people with a mental illness about their rights
Inclusions:
  • Individual advocacy
  • Legal advocacy
Exclusions:
  • Systemic advocacy (these are reported under Sector development and representation)
  • Individual advocacy in the context of delivery of other mental health support services to the consumer

Example services:

  • Mental Health Advocacy Service, New South Wales
  • Mental Health Legal Centre, Victoria
  • Mental Health Law Centre, Western Australia

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

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See also Mental health non-government organisation service type code N[N] Health, Standard 13/11/2014, ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

Metadata items which use this glossary item:Help on this term

Individual advocacy mental health service type cluster Health, Standard 13/11/2014

Mental health non-government organisation establishments NBEDS 2015- Health, Standard 13/11/2014

Mental health non-government organisation grants cluster Health, Standard 13/11/2014
ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

Sector development and representation Health, Standard 13/11/2014

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