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Health Justice Solicitor

Women's Legal Centre (ACT and Region) Inc
  • An exciting opportunity to lead the Centre's partnership with Calvary Public Hospital to deliver legal assistance to women experiencing family and domestic violence
  • Innovative program working with a cross-disciplinary team, including health professionals, to support better health and justice outcomes for women
  • Management of stakeholder relationships and engagement with strategic planning
  • Very competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging options, leave loading and paid Christmas close-down
  • Fixed term contract with possibility of extension. Position level commensurate with experience

About the position

The Women's Legal Centre seeks an experienced Lawyer to manage and deliver services through our Health Justice Partnership with Calvary Hospital (Maternity). This position will be filled on a 12-month contract, with the possibility of extension.

The HJP Lawyer will:

  • Lead, manage and build relationships with the Maternity Unit at Calvary Hospital, including working with midwives, social workers and other health professionals, to provide coordinated care and legal assistance to clients
  • Provide advice and representation to women who have experienced domestic and family violence in a range of matters; including care arrangements for children, care and protection matters, property disputes and protection orders
  • Develop and deliver community legal education to health professionals to build their capacity to identify and respond to legal issues, and to develop referral pathways
  • Work with various stakeholders, including funders and evaluators, to deliver program objectives
  • Work collaboratively with the Centre’s HJP situated at Gungahlin Child and Family Centre

Applicants must be eligible for a restricted practising certificate in the Australian Capital Territory.

Note: being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under s34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT). Part-time applications will be considered (minimum 4 days per week).

About the Centre

The Women's Legal Centre is an innovative community legal centre providing specialist legal services to vulnerable women in Canberra and the surrounding region. Our main areas of practice are family law, domestic violence, early intervention Care and Protection work, victims of crime, employment and discrimination. The Centre operates within a multi-disciplinary and trauma-informed practice model that incorporates a Social Worker to provide wrap-around support to the most vulnerable and at-risk clients. The Centre is also complemented by the Mulleun Mura Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Access to Justice Program.

For more information please contact Sarah on smilsonmahy@womenslegalact.org, using the subject line: Health Justice Solicitor enquiry via EthicalJobs or (02) 6257 4377.

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