Advocacy networks

Combined Advocacy Groups Queensland (CAGQ)

CAGQ represents a combination of social advocacy management committee members and employees.  Each organisation maintains its independence and autonomy.
CAGQ’s mission is:  “to promote and safeguard advocacy which defends and advances the rights, needs and interests”.

1.     To promote an awareness of the significance of independent advocacy for people who have a disability to Government, its instrumentalities, and the Queensland community generally.

2.     To encourage the development of a sense of collective identity and vision for advocacy groups for people who have a disability across Queensland.

3.     To provide a forum for the co-operative exchange of information, resources, and insights among advocacy groups for people who have a disability in Queensland, and to build and maintain a network where good practices and methods can be shared and developed.

4.     To provide a forum through which issues relating to the protection and safeguarding of advocacy in Queensland are advanced to Commonwealth and State Government advocacy programs.


Disability Advocacy Networks Australia (DANA):

DANA’s vision is for:  a Nation that includes and values people with disabilities and respects human rights for all.
DANA’s mission is:  to strengthen and support disability advocacy organisations across Australia.
DANA, as the representative body for disability advocacy organisations:
•    promotes the role and value of independent advocacy;
•    provides a collective voice for members;
•    facilitates communication and information sharing between disability advocacy organisations;
•    facilitates support and development for members, staff, and volunteers of disability advocacy organisations;
•    promotes or undertakes research relevant to DANA’s purposes;
•    promotes the human rights, fundamental needs and value of people with disabilities.


Community Safeguards Coalition:

Community Safeguards Coalition (CSC) is a network of advocacy agencies, people with disability and their families, friends, advocates and allies of people with disability in Queensland.  QAI is a member of the Community Safeguards Coalition.

It has come to QAI’s attention that Queensland Health has developed and commenced implementing a draft closure plan for Browne House and has extended this to Morris Mouatt Unit at BHH. The proposal is to transfer approximately 36 residents with a single diagnosis of intellectual disability into mental health service units at BHH. 
To date people with a disability residing at BHH have been subject to the indignity of institutional living for too long. They are the some of the forgotten people whose lives are played out through the legacy of antiquated institutional buildings and practices. 
This is of great concern as the potential for these people to move to community living will be lost and they will be placed with people with a mental illness or psychiatric disability. This is highly inappropriate and returns to the policies predating the 1960s.
We ask you to take the time to read the enclosed position paper and seek your support to place a moratorium on the planned move so that a personalised planning process for each person can be developed and implemented for the people involved.

CSC Mission:

To promote people with disability having the equal right, together with the appropriate support and resources to the same range of lifestyles as other people by safeguarding against legislation, policies and practices that limit or deny their fundamental rights.

In 2007, CSC began its campaign called My Life, My Home, My Solution, with the launch of its booklet of the same name in December 2007.  The main message was: when people with disability take control of their housing and their lives, just like everybody else, they create better solutions.

In 2009, CSC launched the Position Statement “Safeguarding people with disability from policies, practices and legislation which deny or limit their opportunities to choose” presenting it at the Minister for Disability Services office.

The Position Statement expresses concerns about the growing practice of people with disability being put under pressure by current government and non-government services to live in situations which are not appropriate to their needs or which they do not choose.  The CSC name this practice ‘forced co-tenancy’.

For further information about the CSC campaign please follow the links 
(copy of My Life, My Home, My Solution doc)
(copy of position statement)
(Co-signatories form)
(List of co-signatories)