Health Justice Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Review of the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP). Our work at Health Justice Australia spans the legal assistance and health and social services sectors. This submission is informed by our knowledge of health justice partnership as a strategy for improving access to justice that differs from stand-alone legal assistance, as well as a legal assistance strategy to improve health and wellbeing outcomes through accessible person-centred legal help.
Our contribution to the review responds specifically to the Terms of Reference focused on:
- an evaluation of effectiveness and challenges of service delivery including integration, collaboration and innovation of legal assistance service delivery within and beyond the justice system, including the value of legal help for health and human service outcomes broadly and;
- how the NLAP can support broader government priorities such as the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children, Australia’s Disability Strategy, and the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children.
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