Social Determinants of Health Webcast 5: Health Justice Partnerships


MON 18 NOV 2019

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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM AEDT



About the webinar

A quiet revolution is taking place across Australia and it’s transforming the way some of the most vulnerable in our community access legal services. In a practitioner-led movement, community lawyers have been moving out of their offices and into the most unlikely of places – hospitals and community health settings – to collaborate with health services and their patients to address unmet, health-harming legal need. Known as health justice partnerships (HJPs), these collaborations work by embedding legal help into healthcare services and teams.

Health Justice Partnerships will explore the growing body of evidence that shows there are groups of people who are vulnerable to intersecting legal and health problems, but who are unlikely to turn to legal services for solutions. Facilitated by Jason Rostant, a panel examines what takes a HJP partnership beyond ‘status quo’ services in terms of purpose, structure, activity and resourcing.

Get to know:

• Legal problems that affect health
• The definition of a health justice partnership
• Evidence supporting the HJP model
• Create partnerships with existing local social resource providers and expand capacity to address social needs
• The development and sustainability of the community service sector 

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Jason Rostant, Consultant

Jason Rostant has worked in a variety of policy, advocacy, project management and education roles in NGO and government settings for 25 years. From direct service delivery to senior executive roles and now on a consultancy basis, his specialist interests include models of community development and engagement, consumer-led practice and co-design, organisational development and change management, and capacity-building for rights-based practice and advocacy.

Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO Health Justice Australia
Tessa Boyd-Caine has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally. She was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service and is the recipient of the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Nonprofit Leadership. Her PhD was published as a book, Protecting the Public? Detention and Release of Mentally Disordered Offenders, by Routledge in 2010.

Jane Cipants, Director Client Service, Legal Aid 

Jane's career spans over 25 years in the public, community and private sectors. Originally a social worker, Jane's focus has always been on service management and design for people who are socially and/or economically disadvantaged. Jane also has post graduate qualifications in Social Policy and currently oversees customer service reform for Legal Aid NSW - putting the client at the centre of everything they do

Donella Mills, Lawyer, Lawright and Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO)

Donnella is a Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir in the Torres Strait. She is a Cairns–based lawyer with LawRight and the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership. Her role as Chair of NACCHO is to champion why Community-Controlled is the pinnacle model in achieving greater autonomy and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Sandra Gates, Director Allied Health and Clinical Support, The Royal Woman's Hospital

Sandra is the Director of Allied Health and Clinical Support Services at the Women’s and the Director of Allied Health Research.  Sandra has many years of experience as a clinician and manager in a range of clinical settings including acute, subacute and ambulatory care.  Sandra originally trained as a Speech Pathologist and has completed a Masters of Business Leadership and is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers.  Sandra is a strong supporter of Allied Health research and actively encourages research to be undertaken.

This Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation webcast series is delivered in partnership with Social Futures and Health Justice Australia.


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