Forum a prescription for justice in health

Queensland’s first health justice symposium in Brisbane later this month will showcase the work of Health Justice Partnerships (HJPs) in helping to create a fairer society.

The Justice Prescribed: Achieving Health Outcomes Through Legal Support event at Parliament House forms part of the Health Justice Accelerator Project run on behalf of the Queensland Health Justice Partnership Network, led by Caxton Legal Centre and World Wellness Group (WWG).

It will promote the work of HJPs including the Multicultural Advocacy and Legal Service (between Caxton Legal Centre and World Wellness Group), Senior Legal And Support Service (between Caxton Legal Centre and Metro South Health), the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, LawRight and Women’s Legal Service Queensland.

It will include presentations from Health Justice Australia (HJA) Research Director and Acting Co-CEO Suzie Forell, and Health Minister Shannon Fentiman.

HJA’s Suzie Forell

It will also include a panel discussion facilitated by public advocate John Chesterman, as well as a panel discussion by event sponsors Rogalski Lawyers, HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Norton Rose Fulbright, MurphySchmidt,  Barry Nilsson and Clayton Utz.

Project lead Yasmin Ildes, from WWG, said it was clear from the project’s interviews and research that HJPs provided “significant health and social impacts via holistic and integrated legal services”.


“The event aims to showcase the impact of HJPs in Queensland, and bring together key members of the health, legal, justice, education, research and community sectors to learn more about the model, the innovative partnerships in Queensland and their impact, and discuss both the opportunities and challenges that come with this important intersection of health and law,” she said.

“We hope to show our attendees the unique and diverse ways the HJ model supports population groups experiencing barriers such as access to justice.”

The symposium will conclude with professional development sessions run by HJA.

Justice Prescribed: Achieving Health Outcomes Through Legal Support will be held at Parliament House, Brisbane, on 29 February, from 9am to 4pm. Register here.

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