Health Justice Partnership at Wuchopperen

About the Health Justice Partnership

Wuchopperen Health Service is a large Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community-controlled service offering holistic health and wellbeing services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the Cairns region.

Through a partnership between Wuchopperen and LawRight, visiting lawyers provide free legal advice, referral and ongoing casework to vulnerable Wuchopperen clients by appointment each week. Many of these clients would not otherwise access legal assistance to address their various civil legal needs including debt, domestic violence, tenancy and victim of crime assistance.

Underpinning the success of the clinic is the involvement of Indigenous lawyers, both from LawRight and its pro bono partners.

Funding for the Health Justice Partnership at Wuchopperen has been provided by temporary Commonwealth community legal centre funding.

Evaluation of the LawRight Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership and Law Yarn

Fiona Allison, Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research based at the University of Technology, Sydney completed an 18 month evaluation of this unique Health Justice Partnership aimed at improving health and justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities has been significantly and uniquely improved by LawRight’s partnership with Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns.

Attending the clinic

The clinic is not currently operating at Wuchopperen. People in Cairns seeking legal advice can contact LawRight at the Cairns Anglicare Homelessness Hub ( or (07) 3846 6317.