ADA Australia highly values its strategic alliances and partnerships. We work with a wide range of organisations to achieve a common goal; supporting older Australians and people with disability.
Industry Consultations and Alliances
Our extensive experience in the aged care and disability sector has enabled us to be an integral contributor to ongoing strategic advice and consultations. Each year, we contribute to major government inquiries and reform agendas to inform and influence policy. We also provide ongoing strategic advice and feedback regarding concerns and systemic issues in the sector by participating in a range of high level sector consultancy opportunities and network groups, roundtables and interagency meetings, including:
- Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) – ADA Australia is a proud member of OPAN, a network of organisations dedicated to improving the lives of older Australians providing advocacy support across Australia in the areas of Aged and Community Care. ADA Australia is the Queensland service delivery organisation for OPAN. For more information go to http://www.opan.com.au/
- National Aged Care Alliance (NACA)
- Disability Partnership Forum
- Queensland Roundtable on Intellectual Disability
- Mental Health Service Provider Working Group (MHSPWG)
- Brisbane North Primary Health Network Consortium
ADA Australia also has a long history of working with various organisational partners on specific projects to achieve identified industry goals to support vulnerable people. Over the years the opportunities have included, but are not limited to:
Human Rights Watch
ADA Australia proudly contributed to the 2019 report Fading Away – How Aged Care Facilities Chemically Restrain Older People, written by Human Rights Watch (HRW). This report examines the disturbing impact of chemical restraint by aged care facilities and medical staff on older people and their families. The report is based on interviews across 3 states, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Some current and former clients of ADA Australia agreed to be interviewed, describing their attempts to reduce the use of these unwanted medications. The report calls for a person centred approach in aged care and for better regulation of residential aged care. ADA Australia were proud to partner with HRW in the launch of this report on 16th October 2019.
To view the report go to https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/10/15/fading-away/how-aged-care-facilities-australia-chemically-restrain-older-people
mhWISE Older Persons Mental Health Project
ADA Australia was the lead agency in a consortium of six organisations to deliver the mhWISE project in 2013. Originally a Government funded project, ADA Australia worked in partnership with the Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland (MIFQ), Mental Health Association of Queensland (MHAQ), Diversicare, Synapse, Australian College of Community Services (ACCS) and the Burnie Brae Centre. After the original project in this consortium was completed, ADA Australia further developed and expanded the mhWISE program firstly through a partnership with ACCS and then further development of the program in its current format sees it now offered independently. For more information go to www.mhwise.org.au
Guardianship and Enduring Power of Attorney Projects
ADA Australia has been involved in a number of important projects which have supported the sector in the areas of education and research in guardianship and administration related topics. ADA Australia works in close relationship with the Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG), Legal Aid Queensland, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI), Law Right, Seniors Legal and Support Services (SLASS), the Public Guardian, Public Trustee and the Public Advocate.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland (ATSIDNQ)
ADA Australia has been supporting the development and delivery of the ATSIDNQ project since 2015, auspiced by Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN). This network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities, their families and carers, provides information for members to connect, share story and raise awareness of issues they are facing. For more information on ATSIDNQ, go to www.atsidnq.com.au
ADA Australia regularly engages with QUT to support legal students in placements in their final years, enabling them to engage with clients and contribute to project work. Previous student placements have also involved social work students from QUT and legal students from University of Queensland (UQ). ADA Australia also previously supported a social work and legal student clinic in partnership with Burnie Brae and Metro Community Hub.
Aged Care Navigator Trial
ADA Australia is working in partnership with Council of the Ageing Australia (COTAA) to support the delivery of the Aged Care System Navigator trial being undertaken at several location around Australia. For more information about ADA Australia’s service delivery under this trial, go to Aged Care Navigator Trial Service ADA Australia. For more information about this partnership go to: www.AgedCareNavigators.org.au
My Rights Qld
ADA Australia developed a website resource for people with disability to understand their rights and where to find help in Qld. Funded by Legal Aid Queensland Collaboration Fund this project has been well received by the sector and is embraced widely as a valuable tool. For more information go to www.myrightsqld.com.au
Mental Health Act 2016 Projects
ADA Australia has worked on several projects for Queensland Health (QH) and in partnership with Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) to support consumer and clinician education on Advance Health Directives for Mental Health, which became available to consumers in 2017. For more information go to https://adaaustralia.com.au/education/advance-health-directives-mh/
ADA Australia engages in research partnerships with universities and has undertaken research projects with both Curtin University and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). One of the research topics has been Responding to Elder Abuse in Rural & Remote Communities.
Emergency Services Referral
ADA Australia undertakes referrals from Queensland Police when they identify vulnerable clients who may require appropriate referral, our advocacy or human rights services. ADA Australia also partners with Support Link the referral gateway for Queensland Ambulance and Schools in Queensland, allowing ADA Australia to provide timely referrals and support to people at risk in the community.
National Elder Abuse Conference 2019
ADA Australia was proud to work in partnership with Caxton Legal Service for the delivery of the National Elder Abuse Conference in Brisbane, July 2019. For more information go to www.neac2019.com.au
ADA Australia are always looking for new opportunities to form Strategic Alliances with organisations that share a similar vision for the benefit of the sector and potential clients. If your organisation would like to partner with ADA Australia, please Contact Us to discuss further.