MHLC

 

Mental Health Legal Centre Inc.

Positions Vacant

The Mental Health Legal Centre is looking to fill a number of roles.

 

Lawyer - Inside Access

Applications will close on Thursday 30 November, 2017 at 5:00PM.

The Mental Health Legal Centre is recruiting a lawyer to help expand its unique Inside Access project. Inside Access provides free civil legal services to people with cognitive impairment and mental health issues in correction and forensic facilities in Victoria. Inside Access seeks to contribute to an improved justice system for people with a mental illness by delivering legal assistance whilst our clients are incarcerated. Our service aims to ease our clients’ transition into the community upon release.

This role includes running a civil legal clinic at Ravenhall Prison.

This role would be a part time (0.8 FTE) 12 month contract position, with a three month probationary period.

Salary is based on SCHADS award level with salary packaging available.

For more information about what we do as part of the Inside Access project click here

Inside Access Key Selection Criteria

 

How to apply:

A CV and covering letter addressing key selection criteria are required.

Applications can be sent to: mhlc@mhlc.org.au, using the subject line: Lawyer – Inside Access.

 

Lawyer - Child Protection

Applications will close on Thursday 30 November, 2017 at 5:00PM.

The Mental Health Legal Centre is recruiting a lawyer to help expand its unique Inside Access project. This role will require a lawyer with a strong client focus specialising in child protection law for clients currently within DPFC. This role would be 3 days per week (0.6 FTE), 12 month maternity leave cover contract position, with a three month probationary period.

Salary is based on SCHADS award level with salary packaging available.

A CV and covering letter addressing key selection criteria are required.

Child Protection Key Selection Criteria

 

How to apply:

A CV and covering letter addressing key selection criteria are required.

Applications can be sent to: mhlc@mhlc.org.au, using the subject line: Lawyer – Child Protection.

 

Volunteering for the Telephone Advice Night Service

The Mental Health Legal Centre offers a telephone advice night service to mental health consumers on Tuesday and Thursdays between 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

We rely on volunteer solicitors to run this service.

 

What will volunteering for the Night Service Involve?

Volunteers are trained to answer telephone calls and provide legal advice to consumers. Training involves attending an induction presentation and observing a session. The Night Service Coordinator will assist volunteers with any calls they receive. The majority of enquiries can be resolved in the telephone call. Volunteers will not be asked and are not expected to take on any file work arising from telephone calls they take. Some matters may be suitable for referral to the Centre's day service.

 

How often must volunteers commit to taking telephone calls?

We ask volunteer solicitors to commit to at least one night service (two hours: 6.30 - 8.30pm) per fortnight.

 

Why get involved?

Volunteering can be a great way to develop skills and to build professional and personal networks.Getting involved also offers a real opportunity to provide high quality, responsive legal advice to members of our community who are amongst those most likely to experience human rights abuses.

Consumers of mental health services often experience human rights abuses: from being detained and treated involuntarily, to being denied humane and dignified care, the highest standard of healthcare, an adequate standard of living and participation in the workforce, to being denied decision making capacity in relation to their finances or lifestyle issues. Further, most callers are extremely grateful for whatever assistance can be provided to them, as without the service they may not have access to any legal advice whatsoever.

 

How do I get involved?

Currently the MHLC has volunteer opportunities available (for solicitors with a Victorian practising certificate or eligible to obtain a Victorian practising certificate). As the work of the Centre grows over the next year we anticipate a greater need for solicitors and/or counsel to provide pro bono court and Mental Health Tribunal appearances for clients across the metropolitan region.

To express your interest in volunteering for the telephone advice night service please send a CV to James Kyrios, Volunteer Coordinator (james.kyrios@mhlc.org.au) 

The Centre may occasionally have volunteer opportunities for students in 4th Year and above. If you would like to express your interest, please send a CV to mhlc@mhlc.org.au.

Volunteers who are prepared to assist with office administration tasks are also keenly encouraged to apply by forwarding an expression of interest to mhlc@mhlc.org.au.

 



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