Country Practitioners

2015/16 Annual Report

The Country Practitioners Committee is representative of practitioners working in regional and remote Western Australia. Last year the Committee drafted and ratified Terms of Reference and set goals for 2016/17.

The current focus of the Committee is in strategic planning and the best way to practically implement the goals set by the Committee. The Committee is focused on ensuring they are representing, engaging, connecting, supporting and advocating for all members of the profession in regional areas.

The Committee has looked at new ways to engage and communicate with country practitioners and how best to ensure there is representation in all of the regional hubs. In particular compiling a list of practitioners in each regional area so that a more targeted engagement can be considered.

The Committee has also examined avenues for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme to be delivered to regional areas and ensuring that mental health and wellbeing seminars are available to all country practitioners. The Committee looked to existing providers such as Law Mutual (WA) and what regions are currently being offered face-to-face CPD seminars and provided feedback to the Law Society on this issue.

The Committee discussed ongoing issues facing regional areas such as recruitment and retention of lawyers, the use of technology, networking and mental health initiatives. The Committee has representation at the Rural Regional and Remote working group of the Law Council of Australia, to engage in a national discussion on issues facing country practitioners.

Georgia Pickering resigned as Convenor of the Committee in December 2015 and the Committee would like to thank her for her contribution.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au