12 October 2016 – Volume 114


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Mental Health Week – a good time to see how we can assist

Mental Health Week runs from 9–15 October. We've expanded our mental health services over the last 12 months.

Find out about legal work in the mental health space.

Compulsory treatment ordered for shorter periods when lawyers involved in hearings

An audit by a major health services provider reveals different outcomes of Mental Health Tribunal hearings when patients have legal representation.

Read more about what was revealed in the audit.

Access to justice to be strengthened for all Victorians

We welcome the recent release of the report from the State Government's Access to Justice Review. The report acknowledges the system is under stress and extra resources are required.

Read more about the report.

Panel practitioner updates

Comment by Katie Miller on the Access to Justice report

The report from the Access to Justice Review recognises the important role of private practitioners.

Read our Executive Director Legal Practice's comment on the report.

An important discussion about all things legal aid on C31

Victoria Legal Aid Managing Director Bevan Warner recently appeared on C31's PI Law Show, which aims to 'bring the law to life' through stories and interviews with legal industry stakeholders.

Bevan discussed legal aid eligibility, how legal aid can help Victorians, and the importance of funding Victoria Legal Aid for a fair and just society.

To view the interview, see An important discussion about all things legal aid on C31.

New Working with Children Check content

Working with Children Checks exist to protect children from potential harm or sexual abuse, and all people who work directly with children under 18 years of age must have a Working with Children Check, unless an exemption applies.

Our new website content explains more about the checks, exemptions and what to do if a check is failed. See Working with Children Check.

Community news and notices

Mental Health Week – 9 to 15 October

Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate, and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars.

Read more at Mental Health Week.

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.

Aborginal Cultural Competency training, Mildura region – 27 October

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) will deliver a one-day training program to discuss the critical issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the child protection system. The session is capped at 40 places. The training will also be offered in other regional centres over the next 12 months, so keep an eye out in Legal Aid Brief.

Register for the event at trybooking.

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.

White Ribbon Day – 25 November

White Ribbon Day seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men's violence against women. Men and women are encouraged to wear a symbolic white ribbon on Friday 25 November.

Read more about White Ribbon Day.

'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.

If you have any community news that you would like included in this eNewsletter email editor@vla.vic.gov.au. Items will be published at the editor's discretion.


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