Health Justice Australia is working to connect the experience of practitioners working in health justice partnerships and the communities they serve, with the major policy opportunities to improve health and justice in Australia. Here are some examples of how we do that.
- Health Justice Australia has drawn on the work of health justice partnerships working with Aboriginal communities and community controlled organisations in our submission to the newest iteration of the implementation plan supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health plan 2013-2023, released in December 2017. We participated in a national consultation forum and presented to the Indigenous Health Division at the Australian Government Department of Health. Download our submission here.
- Health Justice Australia was invited to provide feedback to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department’s Evaluation Plan for health justice partnerships and specialist domestic violence units funded under the Women’s Safety Package. Our feedback, on the evaluation of HJPs specifically, was tested with the Commonwealth-funded HJPs prior to submission. As part of our commitment to build capability in the best practice evaluation of health justice partnerships, you can download our submission here.
- ALP consultation on Federal Budget: People’s lives are complex and the problems that prompt us to seek out health and human services are often multi-faceted and inter-related. That’s why health justice partnerships provide such an important response to community need, addressing unmet legal need through the health settings that people know and trust. Yet this is also one of the challenges to securing government funding for this innovative integration of community services, because health justice partnerships don’t sit neatly within a single portfolio or budget line item. If we are serious about ensuring that the services governments fund meet the needs of the communities they are intended to support, then government budget rules need to support that end. Our submission to the ALP’s consultation on the Federal Budget explores this issue in more detail. Download our submission here.
- Our mapping of health justice partnerships in Victoria has provided a single point of contact to government departments seeking to understand the role and impact of health justice partnerships and the potential for integrated service models to meet the needs of vulnerable communities more effectively. Download our briefing document
- Read about our evidence to the 2016 Victorian Access to Justice Review and its findings about health justice partnerships here.
- HJA submission to Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project: Health Justice Australia was pleased to provide input to the Law Council of Australia’s ‘Justice Project’, focusing on justice barriers facing those experiencing significant social and economic disadvantage, as well as identifying what is working to reduce those barriers. The pioneering and innovative work of health justice partnerships in Australia was acknowledged in a number of the Justice Project’s discussion papers. In this submission, we address a several of those topics directly; and set out our responses to questions asked specifically of Health Justice Australia by the Law Council.