When you understand how legal problems can become health problems, including a lawyer in your healthcare team makes sense.
Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine says that our problems often have legal remedies. She shares two cases of health justice partnerships to show how the ability to access free legal advice within health services can help improve people’s health. As the founding CEO of Health Justice Australia, Tessa works tirelessly to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community have access to lawyers before their legal problems become health problems.
Health Justice Australia, established in 2016, is the national centre for health justice partnerships. The organisation supports collaborations between legal & health services, to identify and respond to health issues that are being caused by or exacerbated by issues with legal remedies.
Tessa has a strong history of working to support human rights and social justice. She has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally. She was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). Her report of her Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Nonprofit Leadership focused on sustaining trust and confidence in Australian charities, and her PhD focused on the detention and release of mentally disordered offenders