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IFIC Australia Webinar Series 2021

8
Dec

The International Foundation for Integrated Care Australia (IFIC Australia) is delighted to introduce their latest Webinar series. The core mission of IFIC Australia is to develop capacity and capabilities in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region in the design and delivery of integrated care. IFIC Australia seeks to achieve this by providing a platform to develop and exchange ideas and promote activities in the region in keeping with IFIC’s mission.

Catch up with IFIC Australia’s past webinar series! You can find the 2019 webinar series here and the 2020 series here!

Wednesday March 17 2021, 08:30 AM

There’s no doubt about it: globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare stark inequalities in the attainment and experience of good health and wellbeing, in the acute phase of the crisis and as we move into recovery. But the pandemic wasn’t the first crisis to render inequality and injustice visible, and it won’t be the last.  This is inequality and injustice that people working across the Australian health, legal, social and community services landscape know all too well.

Both public health and access to justice literature point to the conditions in which we are born and live as key determinants of our ability to enjoy health equity and justice. In the context of the pandemic, they are conditions that rely on people enjoying access to stable, safe and affordable housing; adequate employment, income and social security; freedom from violence, whether in the home, on the street or in the workplace; and financial independence and security, free from the stress of fines and debt. Each of these experiences will impact a person’s health and wellbeing; impacts that will likely bring those people into contact with health services. But they are conditions health services alone can struggle to secure for the people that turn to them for help.

In the experience of individuals, health inequity and injustice deeply interact, and for some can be one in the same: injustice can affect health, and health inequities affect justice outcomes. Given this interaction, how do we bring together diverse expertise across health and justice systems and services, broadening the range of skills, knowledge, tools, connections and experiences to address these complex and intersecting issues? One way is through health justice partnership.

This webinar will draw on Health Justice Australia’s experience as the national centre of excellence in health justice partnership to share:

  • What health justice partnerships are working to achieve across Australia, for whom
  • What opportunities health justice partnership provides existing integrated care infrastructure, to align health and legal service approaches around shared interests (despite the different lenses through which those interests are seen and understood)
  • How health justice partnership can be used as a tool to transform the levers of injustice and inequity, enabling the health social and community services landscape in Australia to build a COVID-normal service system that is cohesive, person-centred and responsive to the social determinants of health.

Presenters:

Lottie Turner
Partnerships Director

As Partnerships Director, Lottie is responsible for leading Health Justice Australia’s work to support effective practice across the health justice landscape, including through convening, brokering and mentoring health justice partnerships.

A proud Kiwi, Social Worker and PBA accredited partnership broker, Lottie has spent 15 years working in health and human rights. She has led and supported complex organisational change initiatives, including the design and implementation of cohealth’s inaugural Human Rights & Advocacy Framework; is a champion for LGBTIQ+ health and human rights, including through roles with Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria (now Rainbow Health Victoria), the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society and award-winning publication Archer Magazine; been called upon to provide advice on inclusion strategies and partnership brokerage during the Black Saturday bushfires recovery; and in 2015 was named by Junkee.com as one of 200 young Australian change makers.

 

Suzie Forell
Research Director

Suzie Forell is Research Director for Health Justice Australia (HJA), the national centre of excellence for health justice partnership (HJP). Suzie leads HJA’s work to frame and gather evidence on the process and value of integrating legal care into health care settings to improve outcomes for clients, as well as practitioner capability and service capacity. With long experience in justice research, and particular expertise in legal need and service delivery to improve access to justice, Suzie is also an Honorary Professor in the University College London Faculty of Laws and Adjunct Ass Prof in UNSW School of Law. Often found out bobbing around behind the break at Bondi.