2020 was also instrumental in showing all of us how quickly we needed to be able to adapt and respond with our service delivery during the intense periods of lockdown as a result of the pandemic of COVID-19. Community lawyers experienced first hand how the pandemic forced health professionals to work closely with lawyers to refer, manage and advise people who had very complex health needs to plan and determine end of life or substituted decision making documents because of the high risk and vulnerable population groups they both served.
This clinic is designed to address many of the health harming legal needs faced by people who live with chronic health problems. Students will work closely with a senior lawyer and health professionals to assist, advise and advocate for clients with a range of legal issues such as debt, family violence, advanced care directives, enduring powers of attorney, medical treatment decision maker documents, wills, housing and tenancy issues and social security
In this clinic, students will play an integral role in legal advice, case management, file work, correspondence, preparation of legal documents, brief Counsel, and possibly undertake court advocacy work. In other words, students will become part of a team to assist the clients to take action to protect their rights, choice and control and relieve them of the challenges legal problems create so they can focus on their wellbeing.
cohealth is a large not-for-profit community health organisation that has numerous community health sites across Melbourne. They run a variety of programs across these sites, and are leaders in the goals to improve health and wellbeing for all and lead the way in reducing health inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. https://www.cohealth.org.au/