In 2013 Clayton Utz funded Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre to embed a free legal service at Bendigo Community Health Service (BCHS).
Health-Justice Partnerships recognise that many legal conflicts manifest as health issues and that by working together, health and legal service providers stand a better chance of helping clients address their health, social and legal issues.
The partnership between Loddon Campaspe CLC and Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) embeds a Lawyer at the health service’s Kangaroo Flat site three days a week to provide legal advice and casework to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients. The relationship between the lawyer and the health workers continues to prosper.
In addition, the lawyer provides professional development to health service staff and gives and receives secondary consultations from health workers that result in direct client referrals. Through our collaborative work with clients, health workers have built trust and confidence in the lawyer.
Our Health Justice partnership was originally formed following our development of the “Advocacy-Health Alliances – Better Health Through Medical-Legal Partnership” report. This report was developed through a grant from the Clayton Utz Foundation.