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Child Protection Legal Service evaluated, funding extended

We recently spoke to 30 of the 105 people assisted by our Child Protection Legal Service pilot between 1 October 2016 and 31 March 2017. We were keen to learn if the service had helped our clients and to ensure it was consistent with our principles. The service is a Victoria Legal Aid initiative that funded two […]

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Talking Justice returns for Law Week 2017

Talking Justice returns to the Ulumbarra Theatre for Law Week on 19-20 May 2017. For the fourth year, Loddon Campaspe CLC invites Bendigo to come together to hear some of the country’s finest writers, lawyers, activists and commentators tackle some of our more vexing social and legal dilemmas. This year our Moderator is Damien Carrick, […]

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Stronger Communities, Safer Children

National Child Protection Week runs from 4-10 September. To mark this annual event in Bendigo, Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre is hosting a discussion around the theme Stronger Communities, Safer Children. This event will bring together local child protection experts to discuss how we can work effectively together to better connect our communities to keep […]

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‘I was a grandparent, but that’s all I was.’ – Joan’s Story

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, almost half of all children placed in home-based care by child protection authorities are placed with relatives, mainly grandparents. Nobody knows exactly how many grandparents are the primary carers for grandchildren. The latest ABS data from 2008 identified 14,000 such families, headed by around 23,000 grandparents. […]

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Health-Justice Partnership empowers regional Victorians

How do you measure the success of medical-legal interventions in the lives of people with a complex interplay of health and legal issues? Our Health-Justice Partnership (HJP) with Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) commenced in January 2014. Since then, this initiative has seen our HJP Lawyer Nickie King provide 86 legal advices and take on […]

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Advocacy-Health Alliance upskills local health practioners

Earlier this year we ran a number of sessions for health professionals at Bendigo Community Health Services. The sessions were part of our Advocacy-Health Alliance (AHA) partnership between Loddon Campaspe CLC and Bendigo Community Health Services. AHAs are a healthcare and legal services delivery model that aims to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals, children and families by integrating […]

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Advocacy-Health Alliance upskills local health practioners

Earlier this year we ran a number of sessions for health professionals at Bendigo Community Health Services. The sessions were part of our Advocacy-Health Alliances project, which seeks to establish partnerships between legal and health services and to raise awareness of the unmet legal needs of vulnerable families and their children as social determinants of […]

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Interim Family Violence results

Loddon Campaspe CLC’s Family Violence Legal Service at Bendigo, Echuca and Maryborough Courts taught us that women often arrive at court not knowing what to expect from the legal process or how an Intervention Order will meet their needs. We also know that the courts often make assumptions about what victims of family violence want […]

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Protecting personal information enables immunisations

Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre was recently contacted by a health service provider who was concerned about the legal situation faced by one of their patients. The health service provider had attended a public forum co-presented by Loddon Campaspe CLC and other legal, advocacy and dispute resolution services that was designed to provided guidance for local health […]

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Family Law for Bendigo school staff

Sometimes children aren’t the only ones caught in the middle of a dispute between separated parents. Teachers, School Administrators and Welfare Staff are often drawn into family disputes involving students. And understanding intervention orders, parenting plans and court orders can be tricky. To help local school staff understand their legal position and responsibilities in relation to family […]

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