Frankston lawyers and social workers join forces to support people with injury and illness

23 March 2015
Law firm Maurice Blackburn will host a one-day conference in Frankston on Tuesday 24 March to explore how social workers support people in dealing with injury and illness.

The conference, “Navigating the changing face of social work”, will feature presentations from Peninsula Health social workers about the care needs of injured people in the region.

Leah du Plooy, the manager of social work services at Maurice Blackburn, will present an evaluation of the firm’s social work program, which provides clients recovering from injury and trauma with no-cost access to social workers.

“At Maurice Blackburn, we realised that injured people often faced multiple challenges in their recovery including financial strain, psychological distress and housing issues,” Ms du Plooy said.

“Maurice Blackburn’s social work program ensures we support people not only with their legal issues, but also with any emotional or social difficulties they experience.”

Other speakers at this week’s conference include representatives from Caulfield Hospital and Alfred Hospital.

David Maxwell, Victorian president of the Australian Association of Social Workers, will present the keynote address.