Research Network

Connecting the justice, community and academic sectors around legal research and evaluation related to access to justice.

The Research Network connects the justice, community and academic sectors to enable knowledge sharing and encourage collaboration among those working on legal research and evaluation related to access to justice issues.

We do this by holding events throughout the year showcasing exciting international and domestic access to justice and legal need developments. Learn about these developments and meet and connect with colleagues working in this space.

Recent event

Health Justice Partnerships: Understanding their design, implementation and value

Integrating health and legal services is a pretty good idea. Empirical legal research from around the world has shown that finding legal advice is not always easy and that health and legal problems commonly occur together.

Integration looks like the rational policy response, more in-keeping with people’s needs and capabilities. The next step might be to think about what form of ‘joined-up’ effort best suits the need identified, and exactly how are partnerships developed, understood, and refined. Fortunately, Australia has been at the global cutting-edge, with Health Justice Australia (HJA – the national centre for health justice partnership) a leader in this thinking.

In this webinar we talked with experts in the field Suzie Forell, Lottie Turner and Priscilla Ennals.


Suzie Forell

Suzie Forell is Research Director at Health Justice Australia. HJA supports partnership as a tool to collaborate across sectors to address complexities in peoples’ lives that impact upon their health and wellbeing. Suzie was previously a Principal Researcher at the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Law, Faculty of Law, UNSW, and Honorary Professor in the University College London Faculty of Laws.

Lottie Turner

As Partnerships Director, Lottie Turner is responsible for leading Health Justice Australia’s work to support effective practice across the health justice landscape, including through convening, brokering, and mentoring health justice partnerships. A proud Kiwi, Social Worker and PBA Accredited Partnership Broker, Lottie has spent more than a decade using the principles and tools of partnership in the promotion of health equity and social justice.

Priscilla Ennals

Priscilla Ennals is Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation at Neami National. Priscilla is an occupational therapist and researcher who has worked in or around mental health service systems for more than 30 years. She worked in clinical mental health services as an occupational therapist and manager, before moving into education, teaching in undergraduate and post graduate occupational therapy programs at La Trobe University. She now works in the for-purpose sector for Neami National, a large national provider of mental health, housing and homelessness, and suicide prevention programs, where she holds the role as Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation.

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Previous events

Self-represented litigants: challenges and solutions for a wicked problem
Findings from the Justice for All report
Real Life Research in Partnership
Identifying and responding to need
Legal Services from Nonlawyers (Human and Digital)
The cost and value of access to justice - and access to justice 2.0
Integrated paths to justice in times of financial crisis
Triage and client centred services – what can we learn from practice?