Simone Matthews is a proud Kooma/Kamilaroi women. She is the Senior Principal Lawyer at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) in the south east corner of Queensland, a role she has held for the past three years. Prior to her appointment at IUIH, Simone worked as a State lawyer at Crown Law, in the courts and as a District Court Associate. She is an active member of QLS and the CLCQ Cultural Safety Reference Group.
During her time with IUIH Simone has been instrumental in the establishment of a novel Health Justice Partnership (HJP) within the IUIH System of Care, providing strategic and culturally appropriate legal services to internally referred Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients residing within the urban south east Queensland pocket. Simone is committed to continuing and expanding legal services to ensure that Mob and community have a culturally safe and appropriate pathway to justice and legal avenues specifically designed to cater to the needs of First Nations people, with clients supported by a wraparound system of care (IUIH).
Simone has a passion for human rights, and for ensuring that legal pathways are available for First Nations people to achieve better health and justice outcomes, and to support strong and vibrant families.