Bagaraybang bagaraybang mayinygalang (BBM): Empowering and alleviating
Bagaraybang bagaraybang mayinygalang (BBM): Empowering and alleviating, is a Health Justice Partnership (HJP) between Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, and Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS).
BBM assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our region overcome barriers to justice with a focus on improving their physical and mental health and well-being in a culturally safe manner.
This three-year program began in 2023 and was co-designed with AWAHS in response to demand uncovered in the Invisible Hurdles HJP project. It was noted that demand for assistance existed beyond young people, particularly for people impacted by poor mental health. BBM was developed to service these needs.
The program has a dedicated HRCLS lawyer and community engagement worker embedded in AWAHS building relationships and trust in the community, and providing legal assistance.
An evaluation of the program was undertaken by Dr Liz Curran, Associate Professor Clinical Legal Education & School Research Lead, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University and Dr Nisan Alıcı, Research Assistant, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, in April 2023.