New 'Law' for Mental Health and Disability Advocacy Program

New 'Law' for Mental Health and Disability Advocacy Program

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sonia Law recently joined Victoria Legal Aid as Program Manager, Mental Health Disability Advocacy.

She worked at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) for 11 years, first as corporate lawyer before becoming the corporate counsel in 2009.

As Corporate Counsel, Sonia was responsible for providing legal advice and representation in all aspects of Forensicare’s work.

Prior to joining Forensicare, Sonia was a litigation solicitor at the Australian Government Solicitor for six years and also spent one year on the Disability Legislation Review at the Victorian Department of Human Services.

Sonia is also the Chair of the Board of Neami National, a national community mental health service. She also worked as a community worker and a teacher of English to migrants prior to completing her law degree.

Above: Program Manager Mental Health Disability Advocacy Sonia Law
Above: Program Manager Mental Health Disability Advocacy Sonia Law

In accordance with our commitment to consumer engagement and leadership, Sonia’s selection panel included a senior staff member from the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people with lived experience of mental health or emotional issues.

Sonia said she is looking forward to leading the Mental Health Disability Advocacy team.

'I see the Mental Health and Disability Advocacy Program as an essential element of the rights framework and oversight system that supports Victoria’s mental health system.

'It is unique in that it includes both  legal and non-legal advocacy.

'I want the program to work in partnership with mental health services, consumer advocates, the Mental Health Tribunal and other stakeholders to promote rights and drive better outcomes for consumers across Victoria.'

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