Improving and Integrating Urban Indigenous Health Services

Legal Services

Many individuals and families who access the IUIH System of Care present with complex needs and high degrees of social risk and vulnerability. IUIH understands that the important link between legal matters and health, and that early, intensive and integrated legal education, prevention and support is not readily accessible to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially those who experience social and financial hardship.

IUIH’s Legal Service is an initiative under IUIH’s Health Justice Partnership initiative, working with vulnerable individuals and families facing difficulties with legal issues.

The IUIH Legal Service provides high quality, timely legal advice for individuals and families internally referred through Moreton ATSICHS Family Wellbeing Service or by general practitioners and allied health workers. It also provides services to clients associated with the Birthing in Our Communities Program and the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program.

The team target legal services to women, parents or guardians with children in their care, and Elders and assist with a variety of legal matters, including:

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Child Protection
  • Domestic Violence
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Centrelink reviews
  • SPER Actions and Debt Recovery
  • Elder Abuse
  • Tenancy and Housing issues.

IUIH’s Legal Service does not include criminal matters, personal injury (including WorkCover) or issues dealing with immigration.

IUIH is the first CCHS in Australia to also be an officially recognised and accredited Community Legal Centre and is now a member of Community Legal Centres Queensland. Access to the IUIH Legal Service is via referral through Moreton ATSICHS clinics.