1 March 2021
Last year will go down in history as one of the toughest. In Australia, it began under a cloud of smoke from a horrendous bushfire season. Then, as the nation began surveying the aftermath of this destruction, Covid19 swept the globe.
Our new report, Collaboration through the COVID-19 crisis: lessons for systemic change, reveals how, for some people, the effects of these successive crises have been exacerbated by existing, underlying need. People who were already disadvantaged by insecure or overcrowded housing, by precarious employment, by exposure to stigma and discrimination, or who were unsafe in their own homes were hit hard by the health as well as the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.
Yet health and legal assistance services collaborating around these problems continued to provide innovative responses to rapidly changing need. The lessons of their work can help Australia build back better.
Our report draws on the experiences of health and legal assistance services working together during the bushfires and pandemic to discuss how they adapted to the new service environment, what worked and what didn’t. These lessons can inform how we reshape the way services work with and for the people they’re here to help.