The role of
the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) is to promote
The Office of
the Public Advocate is located on Level 7,
New local numbers for our office are: Phone 8342 8200 Fax 8342 8250
Toll Free number for country callers: 1800 066 969
News & Articles
Supported Decision Making
For more news on recognition of the South Australian Project last week in Ireland, and Supported Decision Making and the NDIS Click Here
Annual Report 2011-2012
The Office’s Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament on 4 February 2013.
To read the report Click Here
Medical & Dental Consent for People Under Guardianship
A new policy has been released which explains when a person under guardianship can consent for medical treatment and when a guardian should be called.
To read the policy
Information & Advisory Service
The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) provides information and advice on the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993 and other legislation which can assist people to deal with issues arising from a person losing mental capacity.
From 28 November 2012 individuals seeking advice and assistance from the OPA will initially discuss their questions with an Information Officer.
This officer will be available everyday between 10:00am and 2:30pm and will be able to finalise many requests for information.
OPA Reception staff will take messages and deal with urgent matters at other times.
Some callers have complex issues which require more detailed discussion. They will be offered a telephone appointment with an Advocate/Guardian who will ring them at an appointed time.
By giving definite appointment times we can provide a more efficient and responsive service to our customers.
Where necessary an in-office appointment can also be made.
We will value your feedback on the new system.
Private Guardian Survey
Earlier this year, 289 people participated in the private guardians survey. This was conducted by Harrison Research on behalf of the Office of the Public Advocate. The work was funded by a grant from the Law Foundation of South Australia. Both Guardians appointed by the Guardianship Board, and those appointed through an Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG) responded. The Research was approved by the SA Health Human Research Ethics Committee.
The research identified private guardians' need for more information about their role and support undertaking it. This was particularly so for enduring guardians. The OPA will address this need through work just started in our office improve support services for people using an Advance Directives. For this reason the work of this survey has been timely. (The OPA has received new SA Government funding to develop information and mediation services.)
Our Office is grateful to all those who have assisted with this project - particularly those who completed the survey or attended focus groups.
To read the final report Click Here
World Congress of Guardianship: Guardianship and the United Nations Disabilities Convention
The 2nd World Congress has just finished in
At the conference there were two presentations from the South Australian OPA on Supported Decision Making – one by Senior Practitioner Cher Nicholson, and another by Public Advocate John Brayley. These two papers can be accessed below. SA Supported Decision Making Project committee member and Churchill Fellow on Supported Decision Making, Dianne Chartres, also delivered a paper.
(An evaluation of the SA Supported Decision Making trial is expected to be completed soon, and will be posted on this website when available.)
Presentation on the Supported Decision Making trial – Cher Nicholson. Click Here
The future of Supported and Substitute Decision Making – John Brayley. Click here
Vulnerable Adults Project
On the 14th June 2012, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, John Hill MP, Minister for Health and Ageing launched the report “Closing the Gaps” prepared by this office in collaboration with the University of South Australia for the Office of the Ageing. The report can be read on the Office of the Ageing website by following this link. To read the report Click Here
To read the draft rights based across government older adult protection policy Click Here
Last updated 5 March 2013