About the event

Bookings are now closed. Please note bookings close 1 hour before the Seminar.

This Seminar is also available as a Webinar.


Professionals often go the extra mile at work, day after day and year after year. Achieving career excellence is commendable, but it comes with the risk of burnout. Lawyers often work extended hours and in high stress environments. Those specialising in litigation, particularly in areas of criminal law, family law, insurance and personal injury, have to deal with the additional issue of vicarious trauma as a result of the material they deal with. It is important to know the physical and chemical impact a demanding high stress working environment has on the body and on the brain, and more importantly it is vital to know how burnout and its damaging consequences can be avoided.

This seminar provides vital information to lawyers, with practical tools and skills that can be used to avoid burnout and deal with vicarious trauma.

Key highlights

  • Get insight into the physical causes and effects of burnout in professionals
  • Discover how vicarious trauma and pain are linked to depression and anxiety
  • Learn practical tools and skills to avoid burnout and its damaging consequences

Level: General


Dr Patrick Michalka MBBS

Clinical Coordinator, Perth Centre for Attitudinal Healing; Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Author Profiles

Dr Patrick Michalka MBBS

Patrick Michalka is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in paediatrics, hand and upper limb and peripheral nerve surgery. In his profession, Patrick knows all too well the impact of lengthy hours at work and being on-call. He works in environments of high trauma in both children and adults and is passionate about learning ways to reduce the effects of vicarious trauma. Patrick has extensively researched the chemical effects of high stress work environments on cognitive function and brain capacity, as well as ways to ensure that professionals in these environments can continue to work at their full capacity. In 2014 Patrick, together with his wife Meneesha, was invited to present at an international symposium on mental health and lifestyle in San Francisco. There, he addressed the conference on the latest research in neuroscience that helps professionals in high stress work environments avoid burnout, and maintain full cognitive ability and function in situations of stress and trauma. Patrick is the Clinical Coordinator of the Perth Centre for Attitudinal Healing, an international charity with a local branch in Perth. He has been instrumental in developing, and is a keynote speaker at the Perth Centre’s “Beating the Black Dog” workshops, where he speaks on vicarious trauma and pain and how they are linked to depression and anxiety. Patrick speaks regularly to professional and student bodies about avoiding burn out, as well as dealing with vicarious trauma and chronic pain.

Meneesha Michalka LLB (Hons)

Secretary, Perth Centre for Attitudinal Healing; Member, Medical Board of Australia

Author Profiles

Meneesha Michalka LLB (Hons)

Meneesha Michalka is an experienced criminal lawyer who has been practicing in Western Australia for 20 years. She began her legal career in the corporate sector and in 2005 commenced work as a State Prosecutor at the Director of Public Prosecutions. In 2015 she left the DPP to commence her own legal practice. In her profession she is required to work extensive hours in a high stress environment with sensitive and often violent material; and think laterally and creatively in these conditions. Meneesha is an appointed member of the Medical Board of Australia and in 2021 was appointed to the Medical Board’s National Sexual Boundaries Notifications Committee, which considers all complaints nationally against medical practitioners relating to sexual boundary violations. She is a Governor of the University of Notre Dame Australia and sits on the University’s Law Advisory Board. Meneesha is passionate about finding ways to maintain optimal cognitive function in stressful work environments, and having simple tools to maintain optimum mental health in order for individuals to be fully available at work and also at home with family and friends. Meneesha is the Secretary of the Perth Centre for Attitudinal Healing, an international charity with a local branch in Perth. Meneesha was central in instigating and developing the Centre’s ‘Beating the Black Dog’ workshops and professional development series, where corporations and members of the general public are educated in tools to avoid burnout, depression and anxiety. Meneesha speaks regularly to professional and student bodies about avoiding burnout, maintaining creativity for managers and maintaining healthy work environments as well as dealing with vicarious trauma.

Course Details

Date & Time:
Friday, 15 October 2021 12:30pm – 2:00pm


Venue 1:

The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace


Venue 2:

At your desk

Delivered live online


CPD Points:

1.5 Points Competency 1: Practice Management



CPD Freedom: $0

Member: $180

Non-Member: $265

legalsuper Young Lawyer CPD*: $125


*Law Society Members less than 5 years practising and/or under 35 years of age


Bookings are now closed. Please note bookings close 1 hour before the Seminar.

To ensure you receive your CPD Points for this event, please provide us with your Legal Practice Board Practitioner ID 

Date & Time:

Fri, 15 October 2021 12.30pm - 2.00pm


Level 5/160 St Georges Terrace Perth wa

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CPD Points:

none Points Professional Management

none Points Professional Responsibility

Points Skills

none Points Ethics






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