Human Rights Act: The right to health in light of COVID-19

November 26, 2020, 11am-12pm (Qld time)

Access to health services in the COVID-19 era: a review of the key challenges in Queensland

The enactment of public health emergency powers in Queensland and across Australia to stop the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in complex human rights tensions. Restrictions on the freedom of movement, for instance, have resulted in the curtailing of individuals’ access to safe, quality, timely and appropriate health services, including essential medicines.

With the commencement of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) on 1 January 2020, and its historic inclusion of section 37 (the right to access health services without discrimination), this webinar will examine key right to health challenges that have emerged in the COVID-19 era in Queensland, and the Queensland Human Rights Commission’s response. Both individual and systemic health service access challenges will be considered.

This webinar is presented by Dr Claire Brolan from the Centre for Policy Futures at The University of Queensland and is aimed at lawyers and case workers who assist people to access public health and related social services in Queensland, and those CLCs engaged in broader policy and legal systems advocacy for health justice.

About the presenter:

Dr Claire Brolan PhD (Public Health) is a right to health academic specialist, having completed her PhD and Post-Doctoral Studies examining decision maker’s application of this right to advance health equity for disempowered populations in sustainable development contexts.

As an interdisciplinary rights scholar at UQ’s Centre for Policy Futures, Claire uses a blend of legal, social science and public health analytic approaches to holistically examine health and human rights questions. She originally trained in international human rights law and is a qualified lawyer (non-practising), so has strong insight into the evidence-base and strategy required by lawyers for successful rights claims.

Claire also sits on the Queensland Human Rights Commission’s Academic Advisory Group.

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