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. Her report of her Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Nonprofit Leadership was published as Lead or be left behind: Sustaining trust and confidence in Australia’s charities.
Her PhD on the detention and release of mentally disordered offenders was published as a book, Protecting the Public? Detention and Release of Mentally Disordered Offenders by Routledge in 2010. 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. She also plays ultimate Frisbee.
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.
Fiona McLeay, CEO, Justice Connect
Fiona is 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.
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.
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.
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.
Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Health Justice Australia, she worked in politics, public relations, and at Justice Connect, providing executive support to the CEO and completing her Practical Legal Training. Next year, she will be taking up the role of Tipstaff for a judge in the Supreme Court of NSW.
Madeleine is our key contact for the first Health Justice Partnerships National Conference, 30-31 October 2017.