Another brilliant night in Brisbane. Over $100k pledged to Health Justice Australia, Share the Dignity and Hope Centre Services.
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Millions of Australians have legal problems they’re more likely to raise with a trusted health professional than a lawyer. Health justice partnerships bring community legal services into health settings to improve support for the disadvantaged. Health Justice Australia supports these partnerships via the setup, scaling and effectiveness through research and evaluation, practitioner resources and policy advocacy. To fill the gaps in services that the most vulnerable people fall through, Health Justice Australia is seeking funding to develop resources that drive best practice among health justice partnerships (HJPs), such as guidance on information-sharing in cases of family violence, and balancing the professional-client privilege of lawyers with the mandatory reporting obligations of health workers in child protection. This innovative new service model supports some of the most disadvantaged communities in Australia, helping health and legal services to support them. healthjustice.org.au
Presenter: Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine
With an extensive career spanning health, criminal justice and human rights, Tessa is a strong social justice advocate and has worked to achieve positive outcomes both locally and abroad. Through Health Justice Australia, Tessa is dedicated to bringing lawyers and health professionals together to provide better health outcomes and access to justice for patients with legal issues.
Share the Dignity believes no woman should suffer the indignity of going without access to a basic necessity; sanitary items. Established with the aim of supplying homeless women with free sanitary products, Share the Dignity facilitates the collection and distribution of sanitary items to charities, shelters and organisations, who then redistribute them to homeless women and girls, those living in shelters or suffering financial hardship, and to communities and schools in economically deprived areas. To support this critical work, funding would help to fully stock machines ready for installation in a safe and secure location made available to any women experiencing financial difficulties whilst dealing with their monthly cycle and being homeless.
Presenter: Rochelle Courtenay
Rochelle is proudly and affectionately known as the ‘Pad Lady’ - a title that has stuck following the collection and distribution of over 420,000 packets of pads and tampons to homeless women around Australia. Rochelle believes access to sanitary items is a basic human right, so in 2015 she founded Share the Dignity and is on a mission to improve the well-being of homeless and at-risk women and girls across the country.
Mimi’s House is a nurture and mentoring based program of Hope Centre Services, designed for children who have experienced trauma, grief or stress causing them to disengage from learning. With a mission to build strength and resilience into the lives of children experiencing severe disadvantage, Mimi’s House program teaches children to engage in learning and assists them in developing healthy and positive relationships with themselves, each other, and their communities. They are seeking funding assistance to continue enrolling more children in the program. hopecentre.com
Presenter: Grant Austin
Grant and his wife Kym Austin spent over 15 years as youth workers and chaplains in both primary and high schools, particularly focusing on areas with high levels of social disadvantage. After observing that minimal support was available for highly vulnerable young children, they founded Mimi's House and are passionate about helping children facing trauma and grief and who were falling behind in their education.