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Office of the Public Advocate Community Visitors Program


Posted: 12-01-2010
Contact Name: Mary Macgregor
Contact Phone: 9603 9500
Contact Email: mary.macgregor@justice.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/services/107/

Agency type Disability Services

Volunteering activities Disability Support Services, Counselling/mediation/advocacy

About the agency The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate aims to promote and protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. It investigates and speaks out about situations where people with disabilities are exploited, neglected or abused. Where needed itcan use legal powers to make enquiries on behalf of people with disabilities when there are concerns about their safety or interests.

The Office sits within the Department of Justice, but is independent of government and reports to the Victorian Parliament.

Volunteers Community Visitors are volunteers who work with the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) to protect and advocate for the rights of people with a disability.

These volunteers are empowered by law to visit Victorian accommodation facilities for people with a disability or mental illness at any time, unannounced. They monitor and report on the adequacy of services provided, in the interests of residents and patients. Training is provided and a small honorarium and out of pocket expenses are paid.
There are nearly 500 Community Visitors working throughout Victoria. There are many clients in residential facilities in Box Hill.

Like all of OPA's volunteers, Community Visitors come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions.

Vacancies A webpage with details of current vacancies will be added later.

More information Go to the volunteering page of the Office of the Public Advocate

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