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Indigenous Services

Legal support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Catherine Henry Lawyers acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of country. We pay our respects to respect Indigenous people, including their cultures, customs, and elders – past, present and emerging.  

Our firm supports Indigenous constitutional recognition and will play its part to ensure reconciliation and equal access to quality legal representation for all Australians. We support Indigenous constitutional recognition and reconciliation  

A constitutional convention of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates met on the land of the Anangu people at Uluru in 2017 to develop a consensus position on Indigenous constitutional recognition.  

The Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ to be codified and enshrined in the Australian Constitution. Catherine Henry Lawyers supports this statement and we thank Australia’s many and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for the invitation to walk with you on the journey toward reconciliation and a better expression of Australia’s nationhood. 

Aboriginal Health Justice Project

Catherine Henry Lawyers participates in the National Justice Project’s Aboriginal Health Justice Project. 

Australia’s public health system is the envy of many countries. However, access isn’t available to all Australian’s equally. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience significant discrimination and negligence in their medical treatment. 

The Aboriginal Health Justice Project is a targeted health-law service for First Nations peoples and communities who have experienced discrimination in healthcare or medical negligence. It: 

  • identifies and supports people who need legal help after experiencing healthcare discrimination, be it through advocacy, discrimination complaint or a civil action 
  • delivers legal education and plain English material to help people understand their rights 
  • develops policies and protocols for health service providers to address discrimination and negligence in health care and to keep First Nations patients safe. 

Our Indigenous client stories

This website may contain images or names of people who have passed away. 

Read here about how we have helped other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain justice or compensation in health law and elder law matters. Our lawyers have also helped Indigenous people to protect their rights and wishes and ensure their voice is heard with respect to their property and relationships

Work and experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers and students

Catherine Henry Lawyers is an equal opportunity employer. Our health lawyer, Linda Crawford, is a proud Aboriginal woman. Her mother’s people are Dunghutti/Gambaynggirr.  

We welcome and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to apply for positions and work experience at our firm. 

How we can help

Our caring lawyers can help Indigenous Australians to gain justice, compensation and to ensure their rights and wishes are protected. We put people first. We listen to your story and then give you the best advice on what options you have to choose from.  

  • Medical and dental negligence claims   
  • Reproductive health – claims against providers and advice on legal issues  
  • Coronial Inquests 
  • Complaints about health and aged care professionals, health care facilities and aged care facilities  
  • Special Disability Trusts 
  • Aged care accommodation contracts 
  • Elder Abuse 
  • Institutional Abuse 
  • Wills, guardianship and other estate planning documents matters 
  • Conveyancing and leasing 
  • Family Law – separation/divorce, property settlements, parenting arrangements and child support, spousal maintenance 
  • Superannuation and disability claims 
  • Insurance claims 
  • Traffic and criminal matters 

We're here to help you.

Make an enquiry to find out where you stand.

If you have questions, would like some more information about us or our services or simply want to speak to someone, make an enquiry and a member of our Institutional Abuse team will be in touch with you shortly. 

> what our clients say

"I just wanted to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you. If it wasn’t for your hard work and commitment..,

...I don’t know what I would have done without you all.”

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