Our pro-active social health model addresses the social determinants of housing, employment, legal, family violence, discrimination, language and cultural barriers impacting adversely on our clients in an embedded wraparound model of care. The evidence base shows that the health of migrants and refugees is socially determined to a greater extent than the Australian born population and working within a human rights-based framework we have a strong focus on advocacy and social justice for our clients.
We have found that legal problems and lack of access to justice is a key determinant for our clients with many having complex legal matters compounding their existing social disadvantage. Via pro bono legal assistance from two lawyers working at our clinic the legal case work undertaken to date has demonstrated the large positive impact that can be achieved for our clients by helping them to understand the legal matters confronting them and by advocacy and facilitating access to further legal expertise, when needed. This is within a framework of wrap around support in relation to their health and mental health issues.
Barriers to access to justice is often due to people receiving poor information, employer intimidation, lack of access to legal counsel, language barriers, and unfamiliarity with procedures.