40th Anniversary of CLC ed of Alt Law Journal profiles AHA

The March 2012 edition of the Alternative Law Journal Justice for All (Vol 37 No 1 2012) profiles a long standing Advocacy Health Alliance between West Heidelberg Community Legal Centre and Banyule Community Health in Melbourne, Australia.

Author Mary Anne Noone, Associate Professor at La Trobe University, piece locates the collaboration in the context of international and Australian research that has established links between legal and health needs, particularly for people with chronic illness and disability.

 Studies which establish the links…suggest that a holistic approach to service delivery between legal, health and other  

     community services could help to meet the needs of people and communities facing significant levels of social exclusion.1

After conducting an extensive analysis of the WHCLS / BCH model, Noone identified five key features of integrated legal service delivery:

1. Meeting a common purpose

2. Increased community access to services and support

3. Assists with identifying complex and interconnected needs and developing responses

4. Shares common values and understandings

5. Engages the community in problem-solving and solutions.2

Noone’s piece is engaging and a timely reminder that there are examples some long standing examples of Advocacy Health Alliances (in some guise or another) in Australia! Grab the mag to read the whole story (hard copy or online) and enjoy this collectors edition that celebrates the immense contribution of CLCs to the Australian justice landscape. Happy 40th CLCs!

Peter

1. AltLJ Vol 37:1 2012 at 36.

2. 37

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