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Legal services who provide supports critical to upholding the human rights of persons with disabilities 

Interacting with the justice system can be extremely stressful.  The processes and places are foreign to most people.  For a person with disability, there are extra barriers.  Australia is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and must ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others. Services that provide the right supports are critical … Continue reading Legal services who provide supports critical to upholding the human rights of persons with disabilities 

OPALS Partnership Update Oct – Nov 2020

Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service (OPALS) is a health and justice partnership between Metro South Health and Caxton Legal Centre Inc., bringing together lawyers, social workers and health professionals to achieve proactive early intervention for older patients who are at risk of or experiencing elder abuse. This program was developed with the knowledge that … Continue reading OPALS Partnership Update Oct – Nov 2020

What if I can’t wear a face mask because of a medical condition, impairment or disability?

The Chief Health Officer has recently issued a public health direction (CHO direction) making it mandatory to carry and wear a face mask in many public places in Greater Brisbane. The direction says that a face mask should cover your mouth and nose and must be worn: on public transport or while using public transport infrastructure … Continue reading What if I can’t wear a face mask because of a medical condition, impairment or disability?

New plain-English legal information about human rights 

The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (Human Rights Act) aims to recognise, protect and promote the equal rights and worth of all Queenslanders. It recognises that human rights intrinsically belong to each person and brings those rights to the heart of government, judicial and legislative decision making.  Caxton Legal Centre has recently published a plain-English chapter about Queensland’s human … Continue reading New plain-English legal information about human rights 

There’s more to be done at Caxton Legal Centre

Queensland Law Society’s Access to Justice Scorecard has identified inadequate funding of legal assistance services, such as Caxton Legal Centre, as the number one barrier to Queenslanders accessing justice in 2020.    Caxton consolidated its role as a leader among community and legal services in 2019-2020 and yet still could not meet overwhelming levels of client demand. Cybele Koning, Caxton Legal Centre CEO, said that despite the … Continue reading There’s more to be done at Caxton Legal Centre

Restrictive practices and human rights 

We live in a society where convenience and apparent safety issues justify the individual restraint or confinement of people who are already living in closed environments.  Caxton Legal Centre recently hosted a webinar focusing on the human rights questions raised by the widespread use of restrictive practices.  While the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 applies to the State's correctional centres it … Continue reading Restrictive practices and human rights 

Videos educate on manufactured home park and retirement village laws

The Queensland Retirement Village and Park Advice Service (QRVPAS) has released a range of videos focusing on legal issues in manufactured home parks and retirement villages.  The videos are targeted at residents (or prospective residents) who want to learn about their legal rights and how to enforce them.   https://youtu.be/lWOOqDaSzdc Before COVID-19, our QRVPAS team travelled to deliver face-to-face community education sessions at retirement villages, manufactured home parks and … Continue reading Videos educate on manufactured home park and retirement village laws

Human rights focus for December

Caxton Legal Centre is drawing attention to human rights throughout December 2020, acknowledging International Human Rights Day on December 10 and as we approach the first anniversary of Queensland’s human rights laws coming into effect on January 1, 2021.  International Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United … Continue reading Human rights focus for December

Health justice partnership supports Joseph to realise his human rights in Guardianship proceedings

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an agreement by countries around the world, including Australia, to make sure that people with disability are treated equally under the law. Despite being already protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the rights of people with disability are often violated.  Persons with impaired capacity, who are involved … Continue reading Health justice partnership supports Joseph to realise his human rights in Guardianship proceedings

Law and health working together to look after the rights of older Queenslanders

The first year of partnership between Caxton Legal Centre and Metro South Health has opened the doors to help for elder abuse in both hospital and community health settings.  The health justice partnership, known as the Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service (OPALS), began operating from the Princess Alexandra Hospital in August 2019.   OPALS’ focus is on the … Continue reading Law and health working together to look after the rights of older Queenslanders