Building Bridges


Building Bridges

Connecting services in ABI and Criminal Justice




The Office of the Public Advocate has funded some key initiatives to assist people with acquired brain injury (ABI) who come in contact with the criminal justice (CJ) system  OPA media release

The Building Bridges project aims to increase contact and collaboration among existing service providers who have a direct support role with clients. It is doing this by conducting a series of full-day workshops around the state of Victoria, Australia. At these workshops speakers represent the Victoria Police, the Office of the Public Advocate, Correctional services, Legal services, individuals who have an ABI and experience in the CJ system, and Brain injury services.

The aim is to provide the audience members, who come from varying service 'silos', knowledge of some key elements of each part of the disability or justice service system.



The series of workshops was completed in late 2015.
The project is now in the phase of analysing data collected during the workshops, and in follow up activities.
To look back at the promotion for each workshop, use the links below.

A4 flyer (Melbourne)

A4 flyer (Grampians)

A4 flyer (Loddon Mallee)

A4 flyer (Gippsland)

A4 flyer (Hume)

A4 flyer (Barwon Southwest)



You can view videos from the Melbourne metropolitan workshop here.



The project team plans to disemminate outcomes by mid 2016.



To receive outcomes updates, please opt in to the BB mailing list.



Although it was not a goal of the project to develop resource materials, the workshops have revealed a great demand for resources among service providers. This demand will be somewhat met by the soon-to-be-released guide People with Acquired Brain Injury and the Victorian Justice System: Rights and Resources. To receive a digital copy of this please opt in to the R&R mailing list.

To read more about this Guide follow this link.




Barwon Southwest:  

Grampians:        (Maureen MacPhail)

Hume:                      (Hilary Murtagh)

Loddon Mallee:            (Robert Spry)

Gippsland:            (Andrew Redston)

Melbourne:          (Karen Jorgenson)


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