Health Justice

Over half of our unfunded work is in Health Justice

World Wellness Group runs an internal Health Justice Program with support from pro bono lawyers for clients whose health is significantly impacted by legal problems.

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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 (Stephanie MangerLLB Hons and Yasmin IldesLLB Hons, MARN 2016779) and 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. We are actively fundraising to keep the program going. Please donate now. 

 

"Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale."

Our Health Justice program aims to provide legal advice, advocacy and support for our clients who have legal related issues which subsequently impact on their health. We assist with advocacy in relation to issues such as:

We aim to assist our clients in various ways ranging from support letters, advocacy explanation of the law. Most of our work involves interpreters and support workers to help provide access to justice. Work undertaken to date in our health justice program highlights that it is impossible to provide legal assistance in isolation of wraparound support as many disadvantaged migrants and refugees with language and cultural barriers not only rarely seek legal assistance but fall through the gaps in the system as they do not have the legal literacy or understanding of the system to navigate it successfully. Interpreters and multicultural peer support workers are essential adjuncts to service delivery but the most important elements are staff with cross cultural competence and trauma informed practice expertise and an organisational environment that pro-actively supports staff to work collaboratively with other services.

Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service

Health Justice Partnership

The Health Justice Partnership between World Wellness Group and Caxton Legal Centre aims to build the capability in a primary health-care setting to identity and appropriately respond to elder abuse, and engage with the specialist multicultural sector via training and secondary consults.

This is OPALS’ first Health Justice Partnership in a primary health-care setting.The OPALS team will work collaboratively with a range of health practitioners at World Wellness Group and continue to provide social and legal support and advice to clients referred by primary health-care and multicultural-sector workers.

OPALS started in 2019 as a partnership between Caxton Legal Centre and Metro South Health Hospitals. In line with World Wellness Group’s mission of health, equity and justice, the OPALS health justice partnership aims to break down the barriers for CALD older people to social and legal support.

This health justice partnership will provide a culturally tailored service to the CALD community. This will include targeted education internally to the multiple services provided by World Wellness Group, and to various other multicultural health and support agencies, as well as legal support. Yasmin Ildes, lawyer in the OPALS team, will be based at World Wellness Group.

WWG x OPALS Team

From left to right

Back Row: Anne-Louise McCawleyMetro South Statewide Clinical Education program Manager – Social Work & Welfare, Queensland Health, Angela Von BerkleyWWG Social Worker, Yasmin IldesCaxton OPALS Lawyer, Cybele KoningCaxton CEO, Helen WallaceCaxton Social Work Practice Director, Tile ImoCaxton OPALS Senior Lawyer, Sally RichardsCaxton OPALS Social Worker, Heath ArchibaldCaxton Social Worker, Zuki Ty ChanCaxton OPALS Social Worker

Front Row: Tegan McMahonCaxton OPALS Lawyer, Marina ChandWWG Director, Rita Prasad-IldesWWG Managing Director, Annette RuzickaWWG Psychological Therapies Manager, Sameera SulemanWWG Multicultural Connect Line Manager, Colette BotsCaxton FDVELPs Director

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