Here is a presentation on a number of different aspects of independent advocacy given by David Donnison, one of the foremost international researchers, practitioners and writers in the field. It raises a range of questions about this approach, as well as describing its central idea of collaboration and co-production of good health outcomes. Prof Donnison was was one of the founders of the approach, which began in Scotland around 2005, and has been centrally involved in developing and documenting it. His book Speaking To Power: Advocacy for Health and Social Care (The Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 2009) provides a concise overview of the project.
We are focusing on the potential of independent advocacy in approaching health care, particularly mental health care, in rural communities–as outlined here on this site.