What is Health Justice Australia
Health Justice Australia is the national centre for health justice partnerships, supporting collaborations between services to achieve better health and justice outcomes for vulnerable communities.
We support the expansion and effectiveness of health justice partnerships through:
- research and evaluation
- developing resources to support practitioners working collaboratively
- advocating policy solutions that connect the experiences of communities and the professionals who support them with long-term, systemic reforms.
Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine, GAICD
Tessa has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally. She was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service. She is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course; a member of the Executive of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance; and is on the Board of Gondwana Choirs – the leader in Australian choral performance.
Tessa’s TEDx on philanthropy through partnership built on her work as the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholar in Nonprofit Leadership. You can read her Fulbright report here. Her PhD was published as a book, Protecting the Public? Detention and Release of Mentally Disordered Offenders, by Routledge in 2010. She also plays Ultimate Frisbee.
Prior to joining Health Justice Australia, Suzie worked as Principal Researcher at the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. There Suzie was part of the research team that undertook the Legal Australia Wide Survey and accompanying studies, landmark research that identifies that there are high levels of legal need in Australia, for some communities more than others. This research also told us that people are more likely to raise their legal problems in health settings than to visit lawyers.
Her evaluation expertise is well known across the community legal sector and she has been an early contributor to Health Justice Australia’s approach to evaluation. As Research Director, Suzie leads our work developing a national evaluation framework for health justice partnerships.
Lottie brings to Health Justice Australia her valuable experience and insight she gained as Manager, Diversity Projects and Strategies at cohealth, a major community health service in Melbourne that was the site of the innovative work on health justice partnerships to address elder abuse developed by Justice Connect.
Lottie engaged with Health Justice Australia early in our establishment phase, particularly about the opportunities for policy advocacy to achieve systems change. Lottie will be working closely with health justice partnerships to support their collaborative practices through the development of practitioner resources, the translation of our evaluation framework into practice, and in our evolving policy advocacy strategy.
In her spare time, Lottie dabbles in lycra-clad cycling and provides strategic content support and advice to the editorial team of award winning publication, Archer Magazine.
Stephanie is an experienced journalist and former magazine editor who now works as a communications consultant.
She currently balances a role as a communications adviser at Clayton Utz with her work for HJA. However, her biggest communication challenge is every mealtime with her incredibly wilful toddler. She’s also a qualified horticulturalist.
Dr Chris Whittington
Chris is a junior doctor working at Eastern Health in Melbourne’s east. He is also a director of The Study Gurus, a website dedicated to improving the study practices of high school children. Chris has an interest in health justice, particularly in the education of doctors and other health professionals in their role in providing their patients with all aspects of person-centred care. He is assisting Health Justice Australia voluntarily with website and email communication management.
Board Chair: Fiona McLeay, Victorian Legal Services Commissioner
Fiona McLeay is the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner. Previously, Fiona was the CEO of Justice Connect, Australia’s largest provider of pro bono legal assistance to people experiencing disadvantage who seek access to justice. Fiona has been awarded international scholarships at Harvard, Stanford and NYU.
She sits on the Board of the Human Rights Law Centre and in 2012 was appointed Deputy Chair of the inaugural Advisory Board to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.
Michael Broadhead, Managing Director, Folk
Michael Broadhead is Managing Director of design consultancy Folk. He has over 20 years’ experience in brand and digital strategy, design and communications working with organisations in health, education, social services and justice.
He is a trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a Non Executive Director of MTC Australia, a social enterprise providing training, education and employment services.
David Hillard, Partner, Clayton Utz
David has led the Pro Bono National Practice Group at law firm Clayton Utz since 1997, and was appointed as the firm’s first Pro Bono Partner in 2005. He is also a Director of the Clayton Utz Foundation.
The Clayton Utz Pro Bono practice is focused on providing assistance to people who are disadvantaged and cannot obtain Legal Aid, and to the not-for-profit organisations which support them. David oversees more than 600 pro bono matters each year. He has written and spoken extensively on the importance of recognising pro bono work as an inherent professional responsibility of being admitted to practice law.
Dr Greg Stewart MBBS, MPH (Sydney), FRACMA, FAFPHM, Director, Primary and Integrated Health, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Greg is a health manager and public health physician. He is the Director of Primary and Integrated Health for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) where he has managerial responsibility for a range of clinical services, including Drug and Alcohol Services, Aboriginal Health, and the Kirketon Road primary health care centre in Sydney’s King’s Cross. He is also responsible for the District’s strategic approach to integrated care and chronic disease management, and for the development and implementation of SESLHD’s Sustainability (carbon reduction) Plan.
He has been a senior manager in the NSW Health system for over 30 years including periods as Chief Executive Officer of Wentworth Area Health Service and Chief Health Officer of NSW. He has a longstanding interest in the social determinants of health and the promotion of health and wellbeing through factors outside the health system. He has previous corporate governance experience on the NSW Medical Board, and the boards of Sydney Water, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.