Mental Health and Wellbeing

2016/17 Annual Report

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee worked carefully through the 13 recommendations that were adopted under the Law Society’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Recommendations 2016-2020 (following the review of the 2011 Report on Psychological Distress and Depression in the Legal Profession).

An example of this was the review of Recommendation 6, which involved the preparation of a proposal for a Graduate Advisory Service.

The Convenor and Libby Fulham were both proactive in attending seminars and events delivered by the Law Society over the past 12 months for small firms and sole practitioners. At these events, Ms Fulham provided a great insight into commercial business techniques and how practitioners need to comply with the Legal Profession Conduct Rules. The Convenor advocated the use and access of the Law Society’s LawCare WA programme provided to members.

The Committee monitored the use of LawCare WA in particular the Member Assistance Programme (counselling service) and promotion of this service. The Committee promoted the use of the Locum Register and outlined the benefits especially to small firms and sole practitioners of taking leave and allowing another practitioner to operate their business.

The Committee also advocates the need to self-disclose mental illness when running a practice in the event that the practitioner is struggling to cope.

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