QAMH Online Members Forum: Health Justice Partnerships: An Approach to Supporting Mental Wellbeing

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QAMH Members are invited to join us for our Online Members Forum led by Cathy Bucolo, Acting Partnerships Manager, Health Justice Australia.

Research shows that people living with mental health challenges not only experience legal issues but that these legal issues can in turn negatively impact on peoples’ mental health and wellbeing. Across Australia, there is a growing movement of community legal assistance services partnering with health and social services to integrate a lawyer into their settings.

Cathy will speak about how this approach, known as health justice partnership, is being implemented across Australia and Queensland for positive client, practitioner and service outcomes.



Cathy (she/her) lives on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm (Melbourne), Victoria. She is a trained speech pathologist and has worked at the intersection of health, disability and justice for 28 years in a variety of roles beyond speech pathology. She has established, led and worked on national and state-based projects and services, as well as mentored and coached a variety of diverse health, legal, justice community and social service practitioners. Cathy is most happy when she is supporting practitioners and leaders to build their capability in person-led, rights-based practice, as well how to take a collaborative hypothesis testing approach to solving client/patient and partnership problems. As Acting Partnerships Manager, Cathy leads the practice strategy of Health Justice Australia’s work across the country through partnership coaching and convening of the National HJP Practitioner Network for Health Justice Australia.

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We look forward to our member’s continued involvement and engagement in our member’s forums.

QAMH represents over 100 members in the Queensland Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector, and people with experiences of psychosocial disability.

Through QAMH, members have the access to resources that strengthen their organisations, a platform to connect with colleagues, and create a solid evidence base for community mental health interventions.

Our member’s support has enabled QAMH to deliver some positive outcomes for the mental health sector in terms of advocacy, influence, representation and sector development.

Membership with QAMH includes a range of benefits as part of our commitment:

  • Representation and advocacy
  • Opportunity to influence Queensland’s community mental health landscape
  • Strategic support
  • Delivery of latest and most relevant Information
  • Training, forums, and development opportunities
  • Invitations to member-only events.

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QAMH Members receive communications with links and registration details. If interested in participating in QAMH forums, events and activities please speak to your QAMH Member representative.  For general member enquiries email:

If you are interested in discussing membership, please contact QAMH, via email at or phone 07 3394 8480.
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