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2 September 2020 – Volume 203


'The system impresses itself upon you' – sharing experiences of the mental health system

Consumer leadership and engagement is crucial to build a better mental health system in Victoria. In ‘Your story, your say’ we summarise the views and experiences of 34 people who we helped to directly share their story with the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. 

Watch a video with two lived experience experts explaining their recommendations for change.

NDIS improvements crucial for people with disability during COVID-19

We welcome the Australian Government’s commitment to bring in a service guarantee including setting timeframes for key decisions and creating system-wide improvements, to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

‘It made me think...because we were Somali or East African, our rights did not matter’

Our client Hassan shared his family’s experience of the recent hard lockdown of public housing estates in a Disaster Legal Help Victoria submission. We’re calling for greater access to appropriate legal information and meaningful consultation with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to form part of future disaster responses.

A big win for Victorians living with mental health issues

The Court of Appeal has handed down a big win for people our community often marginalises. The decision means that a new precedent has been set, and that people’s mental health will be considered more appropriately to their own circumstances, and in line with the best science.

COVID-19 pandemic update

COVID justice sector updates

There are ongoing changes across courts and jurisdictions in Victoria due to COVID-19. Read our summary of justice sector changes as at 1 September 2020.

Panel practitioner updates

Special mention fees in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and Children’s Court of Victoria

The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and Children’s Court of Victoria will both be listing ‘special mentions’ as a result of new Practice Directions. We are pleased to support these processes aimed at progressing cases in the backlog, by ensuring practitioners can claim a special mention fee. The process differs between jurisdictions so please read the information carefully if you appear in both jurisdictions.

Read about special mentions in the Magistrates’ Court. Read about special mentions in the Children’s Court.

More funding to support County Court emergency case management

We are also announcing further funding to support the County Court emergency case management of pending trials to cover the final two phases of eligible cases. This means that the 750 trials which were listed in the Court when COVID-19 began will have the opportunity to access this new process. 

New contact details for the Grants and Quality Assurance team

There are new contact details for the Grants and Quality Assurance Team. The team has been created from our Assignments, Quality Audits and Panels team to better support our practice partners and the delivery of client focused services. 

Read about the new team and how to contact them.

Community news and notices

Online train-the-trainer program for NDIS service providers

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is launching a series of trainings, for workers assisting people experiencing mental health issues or mental distress, to advocate for what they need under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Sign up for the training

Public interest law in the time of COVID-19

On Thursday 3 September at 5pm, Melbourne Law School is hosting a free webinar about legal rights and access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic featuring a panel from the human rights and legal assistance sectors.

Register for the webinar on the Melbourne Law School website.

National Child Protection Week

Held from 6 to 12 September, National Child Protection Week recognises the important work of individuals and organisations who work with children, young people and their families.

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