Mental Health Legal and Advocacy Service (MHLAS) is a 2 year pilot program that will focus on;

  • legal issues relating to mental illness specifically.
  • discrimination in relation to employment, education and insurance.
  • housing issues, including problems relating to Department of Housing, private rental and boarding house accommodation.
  • social security issues
  • consumer issues, such as credit card debt and banking issues, mobile phone and other contractual debt.

The MHRES Community Solicitor will deliver intensive, wrap-around support services to clients (with a particular focus on mental health support), working closely with the social worker as part of an integrated service.

The position aims to provide legal and other support services to clients with complex needs through an integrated practice model of service in which a Community Lawyer works together with the social worker to provide advocacy, support, legal advice and legal/case support interventions as part of the MHRES Team

Key duties and responsibilities

Service delivery

  • Assist clients directly as part of an integrated, holistic and client-focused service, focusing especially on mental health support for clients experiencing legal issues.
  • Maintain professional client files and specialised funder/service database entries.
  • Ensure service delivery is appropriate and effective for our client community, including cultural appropriateness and accessibility for diverse clients;
  • Be a part of our reflective community of practice, working closely with the rest of the team to ensure improvement in our service to the community.

Community Education, Outreach and Systemic Change

  • Working with other staff, co-deliver programs and initiatives to inform the Darwin and Palmerston regions about DCLS’ programs and how DCLS can assist.
  • Participate in identifying law reform and systemic reform priorities and participate in strategies to address these.

Community Development

  • Participate in interagency networks and build/maintain relationships with referring agencies, key organisations, community leaders and local people relevant to the area.
  • Participate in collaborative efforts with other service providers or organisations in delivering information, advocacy and education.
  • In collaboration with DCLS team members, undertake presentations and community education
  • In collaboration with the legal practice team, undertake law reform and advocacy work aimed at improving outcomes for clients, including contributing to submissions

Service Development

  • Assist DCLS Leadership Team as needed to prepare service delivery plans, reporting to external agencies and program budgets; and all other duties reasonably required.

Help upskill DCLS staff, on mental health aspects of service delivery

For more information and the position description, please click here

To Apply

Email your application (resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria) to recruitment@dcls.org.au by the 11th  March 2024

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