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Wanted: critical, curious eyes to help uphold human rights

Have you read recent headlines about the human rights abuses experienced by people with disability, thought about the vulnerabilities in our society exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and wondered what you could do to help address such injustices?

At Melbourne East Disability Advocacy (MEDA), our volunteer Citizen Advocates play a crucial role in upholding human rights and preventing abuses by bringing their critical, curious eyes into the lives of people living with intellectual disability. Our Citizen Advocates are matched to work alongside one person living with intellectual disability. By asking questions, ensuring voices are heard and standing along-side their Advocacy Partner as they express their wishes, our Citizen Advocates ensure their voices are heard, human rights are upheld and support real change in their Advocate Partner’s lives.

Our Citizen Advocates come from all backgrounds, and ages are all ages and generally commit an hour a week to their Advocate Partner. We offer a very supportive environment with regular training to develop your advocacy skills and content knowledge in specific areas such as alternative communication strategies, the NDIS and LGBTIQA+ intersectionality.

If you are keen to develop your advocacy skills in a very warm and supportive environment, meet like-minded people and stand alongside people who are trying to live their best lives on their terms, then we would love to hear from you.

Please contact us at and tell us about why you are interested in joining our team of volunteer citizen and human rights advocates.