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independent advocacy townsville

Mission and Vision

"To stand with vulnerable people with a disability through vigorous, independent advocacy."

Our Objectives:

  • To provide solutions through the application of advocacy principles, to enable people with disability to redress unjust circumstances, and to make positive and equitable changes for a quality life;
  • To provide confidential and high-quality advocacy that strives for people with disability to achieve personal goals without harmful effect;
  • To analyse critically and respond to community attitudes, practices and service models that create dependency and segregation from the community and that impact negatively on people with disability;
  • To support individual advocacy in ways that are creative, responsive and flexible; and
  • To undertake systemic advocacy that pro-actively and assertively seeks to influence positive change to policies and procedures that affects the lives of people with disability.

What we believe

IAT believes all people have the right to: King Protea - stands for change and transformation. It signifies daring and resourcefulness. It is symbolic of diversity and courage.

  • Be treated with respect and dignity
  • Be valued as individuals
  • Participate in the decisions and choices that effect their lives
  • Be involved in and contribute to their community
  • Safety and protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Live the life they choose

Key Elements of Advocacy

  • Functioning by speaking out, acting and writing
  • Minimal conflict of interest
  • Sincerely perceived interests
  • Promotion of the persons welfare, well being and justice
  • Vigour of Action

IAT’s Position & Goals

To enable IAT to protect, defend and promote the best interests of vulnerable people with disability, it needs to actively raise awareness and develop networks about its role and function within its local communities by:

  • developing and presenting advocacy workshops and presentations;
  • attend community events and forums that offer an opportunity to network with different relevant groups;
  • develop resources for culturally and linguistically diverse community groups; and
  • specifically educate the community with information targeted to those people most vulnerable and isolated within our community.