What is a health justice partnership?
Health justice partnerships connect health and legal care to provide support in places where people are already turning for help. This is a new way for lawyers to reach vulnerable people and help address their often complex needs. In a health justice partnership, a lawyer is embedded in hospitals and community health settings as an extension of the trusted health team. Together they can provide integrated and comprehensive care.
When legal and other support services are provided early, it can significantly improve both legal and health outcomes. For those affected by domestic and family violence, this support can be life changing and lifesaving.
Three health justice partnerships have been operating in the ACT since January 2019. The health justice partnerships provide free and confidential legal information in locations where parents go for health or family appointments.
Legal issues can have a negative impact on health. For someone affected by domestic and family violence, a conversation with a lawyer can be an important step in seeking help for themselves and their families.
Read the review of the ACT’s first three health justice partnerships. The review includes how we designed the service, how we have tested it and the results we found.
Health Justice Partnerships [PDF 2.4MB]