In order to achieve our aims we focus on systematic abuses by governments and those with de facto state authority such as their officials, employees or contractors.
In order to prevent, stop, and ensure accountability for actions or policies that cause physical or mental harm to individuals, we provide legal opinions and position papers based on research. Some of our work involves
Forensic science, including autopsies of individuals or reviews of their medical treatment (or lack of treatment) to produce evidence for courts.
Medical and psychological examinations of individuals to assess the physical and mental harm caused by government action or policies.
Research and reviews to highlight the impact of government action or policies on individuals.
DOCUMENTING EVIDENCE AND STORIES
We document our work with objective evidence and compelling human stories for a variety of targeted audiences, this includes:
Reports, briefing papers, and alerts for targeted policy makers, professional bodies and their staff
Court-admissible evidence for courts, tribunals, inquiries, and Royal Commissions
Testimony for national and international governmental bodies
Peer-reviewed scientific articles for health professionals devoted to human rights work
We also gather medical knowledge in an online clearinghouse to share information.
CALLING FOR ACTION
The integrity of our advocacy is bolstered by the authority of the health professionals and experts who work with us. In partnership with human rights organizations and other NGOs we:
Call for sanctions and interventions
Assist with inquiries
Press for investigations
Shape health policy priorities
Host and appear at hearings and briefings on key human rights issues
Support the goals of our grassroots NGO partners
Join D4J in advocating for marginalised and vulnerable people including: prisoners, youth detainees, children in state care, those subjected to domestic violence, asylum seekers and refugees on and offshore and Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples.
You can assist us in the following ways
By reviewing medical records generally
By reviewing medical treatment (or lack of treatment) to produce evidence for courts
By undertaking medical and psychological examinations of individuals to assess the physical and mental harm caused by government action or policies to produce evidence for courts
By researching the impact of government action or policies on individuals
By reviewing current policies, preparing reports, briefing papers, and alerts for targeted policy makers and their staff
By giving evidence to national and international governmental bodies, courts, tribunals, inquiries, and Royal Commissions
By writing peer-reviewed scientific articles for health professionals devoted to Human Rights work
By contributing to our advocacy campaigns through social media and communications
By mentoring junior health professionals in our activities
By assisting us to triage enquiries