Vanda Hamilton worked as a journalist, in marketing and public relations and in theatre before undertaking a law degree as a mature age student. She spent nearly nine years as a community lawyer in St Kilda. Vanda currently works for the Mental Health Legal Centre, and runs legal clinics in a male prison as well as appearing at Mental Health Tribunal hearings for mental health service consumers.
Vanda is involved with an international group called Lawyering on the Margins, which is auspiced by Open Society in New York, and has been lucky enough to be invited to meet with them in Copenhagen, Cape Town, and Vancouver. She has been inspired by the work done by lawyers from all over the world working in challenging environments, and is committed to initiating programmes which have worked well in other countries in Australia.