Baptcare responds to community need through advocacy on behalf of those who have a limited voice in Australian society. We recognise that it matters how governments, the community sector, churches and local communities understand poverty, disadvantage and adversity, as this impacts how we determine solutions.
We engage in policy and advocacy issues crucial to the needs of people with whom we work – drawing on evidence from research we conduct with the services we run, the people that use those services and other external resources. Where possible, we partner with Universities and other organisations within the community services, aged care and allied sectors. This gives us the opportunity to speak on issues of concern. We also make submissions and presentations to Government Inquiries, conferences and forums on issues where we have relevant experience and expertise.
We conduct research and policy projects to increase understanding of the issues that affect children, families, disability, aged care and asylum seekers. We aim to improve practice delivery, inform debate and work in partnership with others at influencing social and economic policy in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and across Australia.
Our goal is to deliver evidence-based advice and contribute to the development of state and national social policy on children, families, disability, aged care and asylum seekers.
For all research and policy enquiries please contact: Dr Dave Vicary, Baptcare Head of Research, Policy and Advocacy.