7th Sep 2021
More than any other profession, the traditional legal culture sees lawyers working in high-pressure environments with excessive hours, resulting in burnout and mental health issues including depression and anxiety. Dr Frank Chow provides tips on how to prevent burnout in the legal profession, including aligning core values with your workplace and identifying life priorities.
13th May 2021
The indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairments and/or mental illness in our criminal justice system has been criticised for being arbitrary in nature and subjecting detainees to abuse and serious human rights violations.
Eileen Baldry AO highlights the reforms needed to dismantle this shameful practice and provide more disability-focused support to those at risk.
25th Mar 2021
The introduction of the Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 (NSW) provides courts with better guidance when diverting a criminal defendant into mental healthcare and treatment. Mark Warren discusses the new Act’s provisions in regard to mental health definitions, the ‘fit for trial’ test, and the replacement of the ‘not guilty’ verdict with ‘not criminally responsible’.
27th Nov 2020
Victorian workers who experience a work-related mental illness will benefit from having much quicker access to treatment and payments due to new legislation which allows for provisional payments to be made, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).
10th Sep 2020
Clarissa Rayward reflects on the significance of R U OK?Day and explores the foundational ingredients of any happy and successful legal career.
She interviews ALA member Dean Spanner in her podcast Happy Lawyer Happy Life on prioritising the things that matter: health and relationships. They discuss mindset, perspective and spirituality, and how with hard work and clarity around what brings joy you can live a successful life in and outside of the law.
12th Dec 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on how we have managed the inevitable stresses that have arisen in our busy work lives and develop strategies for the year ahead. In this article, Clarissa Rayward, the recipient of the inaugural 2019 Minds Count Award for Individual Leadership in Legal Mental Wellbeing, shares some great tips.
Exciting news too, Clarissa will also be presenting at our 2020 Queensland Conference!
10th Aug 2017
Professor Ian R Coyle discusses the accuracy of Symptom Validity Assessment Tests (SVTs) in assessing the psychological status of litigants and identifying malingering
13th Jul 2017
Queensland Mental Health Court decides the case of Mrs Thaiday, charged with eight counts of murder.
29th Jun 2017
New legislation will come into effect on 12 March 2018 that will repeal the Medical Treatment Act 1988, and amend the Mental Health Act 2014.