28 September 2016 – Volume 113


IMHA one-year anniversary birthday cake

Our Independent Mental Health Advocacy team celebrates a big first year

Last year we established a new and unique service, providing non-legal advocacy to people who are facing compulsory mental health treatment.

Read more about our progress so far.

Employing more people to help more Victorians

More people are contacting our Legal Help telephone service than ever before, and to help meet demand, we are looking for experienced, empathetic and confident lawyers.

Learn more about how you can join our team.

Clinics to help up to 11,000 asylum seekers

The Victorian legal sector is working as one to help asylum seekers with applications for temporary protection visas and reduce the legacy caseload.

Learn more about this important work by listening to our Access to Justice podcast.

A strong voice for Indigenous legal need

Associate Director Aboriginal Services Meena Singh discusses our new employment opportunities and new approaches to Indigenous engagement.

Victoria Legal Aid seeks dynamic leader to improve access to justice in the Mallee

As part of our plan to improve access to justice in Victoria's Mallee region, we are establishing an ongoing presence in Mildura and advertising for a Manager – Mallee Legal Impact.

Learn more about the position and what Executive Director Service and Innovation Peter Noble is looking for in the successful candidate.

Panel practitioner updates

Lawyer's guide to rehab services a boost to helping clients recover lives

A vital resource is now available to help lawyers connect clients dealing with alcohol and drug issues with residential treatment programs.

Read more about the lawyer's guide which is helping clients recover their lives.

Community news and notices

Public Interest Law Careers Guide Launch – 5 October

Are you a law student or lawyer wondering what lies beyond the corporate law path? Are you interested in public interest law?

The Public Interest Law Careers Guide is an online resource, and this launch will be interactive with the chance for you to hear from a panel of young professionals working in areas such as human rights and government.

Read more about the Public Interest Law Careers Guide Launch.

Peering through human rights-tinted glasses – 7 October

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow will address a number of pressing human rights questions in this public event speech including marriage equality, free speech and the treatment of people in detention.

Read more at Peering through human rights-tinted glasses.

Mental Health Week – 9 to 15 October

The Mental Health Foundation list of events for this year's Mental Health Week is impressive across both regional and city areas. As part of the lineup, cyclists are invited to do a sponsored Ride For a Child in Need around the bay to help disadvantaged students build better futures, Beyond Blue Chairman Jeff Kennett will speak in Mortlake, and an exhibition expressing how art assists with wellbeing will be on display at Aireys Inlet.

Read more at Mental Health Week.

Literacy and human rights – 12 October

African-Australian poet, playwright and novelist Kabu Okai-Davies will speak about the link between literacy and the ability of individuals and groups to protect their human and civil rights. In today's society illiteracy can be equated to a form of disability, and literacy is vital in disenfranchised communities if their rights are to be protected by law.

Learn more about Literacy and human rights.

Anti-Poverty Week – 16 to 22 October

Anti-Poverty Week encourages all Australians to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas.

Learn more about Anti-Poverty Week.

Law and courts in an online world – 8 and 9 November

Victoria Legal Aid Managing Director Bevan Warner will present at the Law and Courts in an Online World conference on 9 November about the role of legal aid commissions in exploiting the potential of technological advances to improve access to justice.

Read more at Law and Courts in an online world.

'Switch on' ... in the Law Library

The Law Library of Victoria are offering 'Switch on ...' information sharing sessions. Held on a Tuesday, these free 25-minute sessions are suited to judicial officers, court staff, legal professionals, law students and anyone with an interest in law.

Read more at The Law Library of Victoria.

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