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Lawyer, Seniors Law

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Organisation : Justice Connect

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 2 Sep, 2019

About the role

Seniors Law has more than 10 years’ experience designing and delivering legal services in health care settings.

We are now seeking a lawyer to be a part of our two Health Justice Partnerships (HJP) with Caulfield Hospital and Community Health Service and St Vincent’s Hospital. The successful applicant will play an active role in all aspects of the work of Seniors Law, with a focus on these partnerships, operating over various sites. The successful applicant will work closely with health teams, older clients and pro bono firms.

The role presents a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, multi-disciplinary service for older clients experiencing, or at risk of, elder abuse. The successful applicant will build on the significant work at St Vincent’s Hospital embedding the legal service, having established relationships with many teams and staff from all levels of the organisation. At Caulfield, the successful applicant will play a key role in developing the partnership—promoting the service, providing professional development, strengthening referral pathways and providing legal help. 

Not only will the successful applicant receive mentoring, training and support from Justice Connect to develop a specialisation working with older people and in HJPs, but they will also have the opportunity to work with many health teams, where they can develop their understanding of the health sector and improve outcomes for clients experiencing significant disadvantage.

If you are enthusiastic, driven, organised, enjoy working with older clients as well a broad range of stakeholders and have a minimum of two years post admission experience, we would like to hear from you. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a very committed team who share your vision of a fairer society.

Role purpose: 

Demonstrate leadership in the design and delivery of our established Health Justice Partnerships with Caulfield Hospital and Community Health Service and St Vincent’s hospital—working closely with health teams, older clients and pro bono firms to deliver our client-centred service.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Provide secondary consultations on a broad range of legal issues to assist health professionals at our health partners.
  • Conduct intensive legal triage with clients experiencing, or at risk of, elder abuse and other legal issues associated with ageing.

  • Provide targeted legal advice and discrete casework on site—as well as outreach locations—and appropriate information, referrals and resources for older people.

  • Oversee referrals to pro bono firms, including providing guidance to pro bono lawyers and responding to clients.

  • Develop strategies to be visible and engage with health professionals, such as attending case conference meetings with multi-disciplinary teams, aimed at supporting staff to identify potential legal issues and appropriate referral pathways.

  • Identify casework trends and systemic problems impacting on older people and engage in various initiatives—including projects, law reform and advocacy activities—to address these problems.

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders. In particular, health staff, pro bono lawyers, other community services, networks and funders.

  • Develop resources and deliver education promoting the legal rights of older people tailored for health professionals, pro bono lawyers and community members.

  • Collect data to assist with monitoring and evaluation of the HJP.

  • Actively contribute to the ongoing marketing and profiling of the HJP.

  • Participate in working groups and committees about the legal rights of older people.

  • Actively participate in promotion activities, including by representing Justice Connect in a range of public forums, delivering presentations and contributing to internal and external publications.

  • Assist with the governance, fundraising, reporting and evaluation requirements of the Seniors Law program including reports for the Justice Connect Board and funders.

  • Prepare agenda and take minutes for the relevant partnership steering group meetings.

  • Perform other duties as directed and necessary to the proper performance of the role.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Justice Connect

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of Australia’s most successful public interest and social justice organisations. Justice Connect is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a fair and strong community in which people have a fair chance at a better life, the community sector is strong and vibrant and the legal/justice and non-legal social systems are fairer and better.

At Justice Connect, we believe everyone deserves a fair chance at a better life. That’s why we use the law to help people and community groups left behind by an unfair and complicated legal system. Whether it’s a single mother facing homelessness, a local community group struggling with overwhelming regulation or an older person dealing with family violence, real-life problems so often have legal solutions. That’s why we connect people with legal help. We use the power of the law to open up the legal system for those locked out of it, and to change the system where it is broken.

The key to our impact is the passionate commitment of our people. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, driven by a desire to deliver real improvements in the lives of the people and communities we help.

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Lawyer, Seniors Law via Pro Bono Australia.

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