Systemic Advocacy

The PACYPC approaches its systems advocacy work in a number of ways. Sometimes it may be one issue for one person that highlights a systems gap that may be applicable to a broader cohort and that would benefit from systems change.

It could be a progression in contemporary thinking and research into best practice that highlights a need for systems improvement and change. It could also arise as a result of systems analysis into other issues, which may highlight a disconnect or contributing factor within other systems.

Systems advocacy can also arise from everyday engagement with systems that are functioning well, but where applying the principle of continuous improvement results in service improvements that enhance the functioning further.

The systems advocacy work we do seeks to:

  • introduce and influence positive long-term changes to systems that support and respond to the needs of the community, including: the legislative, policy and practice environments that they operate in
  • ensure that the rights and interests of people experiencing vulnerability are upheld
  • promote improved opportunities and outcomes
  • ensure the issues and experiences of individuals inform the focus of our work.

Individual matters provide us with examples and help us to work out:

  • areas of concern in the community,
  • problems that exist in respect of ACT systems,
  • issues that could be addressed through our systems advocacy work.

Systems advocacy may take various forms and typically builds upon the outcomes of research, inquiries and reviews that seek to improve our understanding of the issues at hand.

The information obtained through these processes is used to advocate for systemic changes by engaging with directorates, agencies, and relevant stakeholders to identify what can be done to improve outcomes for people experiencing vulnerability.