Escape from exploitation

Josh escapes a dangerous and isolating experience after contacting PWDA. He gained access to Medicare and Centrelink and his own bank account.
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Until he turned 18, Josh had lived in foster care on a remote country property, sleeping in a tent away from the main house.

Josh, who has a speech impairment and mild intellectual disability, became increasingly isolated after graduating from high school. He could not independently access any social activities, banking or support as his foster carer wanted to isolate him from the community.

After trying to run away several times, he finally found support from a neighbour, who helped him contact PWDA.

How PWDA helped

A PWDA advocate assisted Josh gain access to his Medicare, Centrelink pension, photo ID, and create a bank account.

He was also supported to safely leave the foster carer’s property and find accommodation.

After settling into his new life, Josh contacted PWDA again for help with NDIS access and liked up with an appropriate support service.

How to get help

Our advocates and support staff are here to help you with any issues you may be experiencing.

For support or more information, call and speak with one of our advocates on 1800 422 015 or visit our Get Help page.

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