13 May 2015 – Volume 80


Woman's complaint leads to hospital policy change on female only care

A Melbourne hospital will now prioritise requests by women who want a female doctor because of religious beliefs, cultural concerns or past trauma. Read more.

Commonwealth Budget provides some certainty but more investment still needed to tackle unmet legal need

Commonwealth and State budgets have provided some welcome certainty to legal aid funding but fall short of addressing rising demand for legal services. Managing Director Bevan Warner outlines some of the implications for the legal assistance sector. Read more.

Call for national court orders database follows new research on families with complex legal needs

A national database would help courts manage families with complex legal needs more effectively. Read more.

People doing legal aid work

Helping improve Victorians' understanding of the law

Executive Director of the Victoria Law Foundation Joh Kirby tells us about her work at the foundation and how it gives Victorians the knowledge and confidence to deal with everyday legal issues and seek legal help for problems. Read more.

Panel practitioner updates

Costs orders

Help us ensure costs orders against Victoria Police, the Chief Commissioner of Police, Corrections Victoria and other agencies are paid directly to Victoria Legal Aid so we can provide more services to disadvantaged Victorians. Read more.

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Vacancies at Victoria Legal Aid

Vacancy for Program Manager, Indictable Crime

An opportunity is available to lead Victoria Legal Aid's indictable crime and sexual offences practice, ensuring the successful integration of the teams and the ongoing success of the program.

You will combine your substantial knowledge and experience in indictable crime, including sexual offence matters, with a thorough understanding of current trends, issues and challenges impacting the justice system and the needs of vulnerable clients.

For more information contact Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros on (03) 9269 0580 or see our jobs board. Applications close Friday 29 May.

Community news and notices

Barwon Community Legal Service events

Barwon Community Legal Service offers service providers and community workers free information sessions that explore legal issues affecting their clients and members of their community. Read more at Barwon Community Legal Service.

Law Week – 11 to 17 May

Law Week is an annual festival of events which makes learning about the law easy. Find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scenes at the courts, or simply get carried away in the drama of the law. Read more at Law Week 2015.

Talking Justice 2015 – 15 and 16 May

Talking Justice is a series of public lectures around issues of justice and this year's event in Bendigo features former Australian of the Year Professor Mick Dodson, Oxfam Chief Executive Officer Dr Helen Szoke and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Read more at Talking Justice.

African Australian Families and Youth Forum – 16 May

The African Australian Families and Youth Forum focuses on key issues facing African Australian families including family relationships and family violence. Read more at African Australia Youth Forum.

Breaking the cycle of Aboriginal over-imprisonment – 18 May

Join the conversation that will look at what is currently working to address Aboriginal imprisonment rates, discuss the role of Aboriginal communities in driving change and look at a new national campaign recently launched to change the record on Aboriginal over-imprisonment. Read more at Breaking the Cycle of Aboriginal Imprisonment.

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June

National Recnciliation Week is an opportunity to engage and collaborate with Aboriginal communities in your local area and build respectful relationships. Read more at National Reconciliation Week.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 24 July

This year's conference will feature Chief Executive Officer of Domestic Violence Victoria Fiona McCormack, Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia Helen Szoke and Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson. Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

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