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Seminar by visiting scholar Liz Curran

Improving access to justice through multi-disciplinary practices': Health Justice Partnerships

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Reaching the excluded by improving access to justice through multi-disciplinary practices': Health Justice Partnerships.

Health Justice Partnerships sees lawyers working alongside health / allied health professionals reaching clients with a range of legal problems.

  • From: Tuesday 22 November 2016, 5 pm
  • To: Tuesday 22 November 2016, 7 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 8, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Dr Liz Curran, Visiting Scholar, Nottingham Trent University, Law School, Senior Lecturer, Australian National University and Assoc. Director, Centre for Profession, Education and Regulation in Law (PEARL).

What is a Health Justice Partnership?

A Health Justice Partnership (HJP) sees lawyers working alongside health and allied health professionals to reach clients with a range of problems capable of legal solutions e.g. debt, family violence, poor housing, consumer issues, care and protection, human rights, and social supports. It's about going to where the most excluded disadvantaged people (least likely to get legal help estimated as 86%) are likely to turn, namely their 'trusted' health / allied health professionals. Note HJPs are not about medical negligence or patient rights its focus is on a broader array of problems capable of a legal solution that can impact negatively on patient / client health / outcomes.

What does the research tell us?

Evidenced-based research is that unresolved legal problems have a deleterious impact on stress and health outcomes. The research also finds that individuals experiencing disadvantage only consult lawyers for about 13-16% of their legal problems, and a key access point for disadvantaged individuals is their 'trusted' health / allied health professional.

Why HJP?

The evidence is mounting that HJPs are effective innovative ways of holistically working together (rather than in siloes) to resolve a range of legal problems, and to improve health and wellbeing by improving access to justice.

This event will be of interest to academics in law, social sciences, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, lawyers and legal advice professionals, central and local government, charities, and community activists.

In this seminar, Dr Curran will explain the model, how it works, research showing why it works, and share some lessons learned and resources for the UK. The Low Commission UK has recommended this as a way forward. There are some HJPs in the UK and participants who may wish to discuss these, the challenges and impacts after the presentation as there will be time for an interactive discussion.

For further information please contact Austen Garwood-Gowers.

Location details


Lecture Theatre 8, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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