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HSW2100 Advocacy, Allies and Peer Support

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022


Human Services professionals are increasingly required to be proactive in terms of countering unmet need pursuant to social justice. The capacity to undertake systemic advocacy, and provide justificatory briefs and submissions are critical to stakeholder engagements. Equally, innovative approaches to peer support and person-centred delivery are critical to being responsive to shifts in power arrangements in the human services field. This is particularly evident with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and federal youth advocacy and participation forums.

This course introduces students to various models of advocacy, both systemic and individual. Students will be equipped with skills to identify existing laws (State, Federal, and International) that remedy human right breaches, as well as identify gaps in anti-discrimination coverage. In order to be effective practitioners, students will evaluate different forms of argumentation and rhetoric, and develop the art of writing persuasive briefs. The later section of this course focuses on reviewing systems of peer support especially for youth services and mental health programs.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022