Mental Health in the Legal Profession – Hypothetical

Mental Health in the Legal Profession – Hypothetical


Mental Health in the Legal Profession – Hypothetical

Date: 10-Oct-2017

Your Duty Of Care


Mental Health Prevention Hypothetical


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Start Time

5.30pm AWST

End Time

7.00pm AWST

Event Location


Host Venue Details

AIM - The Australian Institute of Management, 76 Birkdale Street Floreat

Event Overview

ALPMA WA, AIM WA, The Law Society of WA and legalsuper are pleased to present this important event for the legal profession during Mental Health Week. If you register by Friday – you will be able to bring a guest for free.

The Hypothetical features a panel of national experts who will consider the contributing causes of mental health issues in the legal community, starting with the student years.

The event promises to provide a unique insight and is a 'must attend' for the legal community as a whole.

Through a series of scenarios the panel and attendees will explore:

  • The role of the employer in prevention and the risks of not doing enough
  • Why some law students are starting their careers with diminished mental health and bad habits 
  • Firms’ expectations vs millennials’ expectation vs the old guard’s expectations 
  • Current trends / statistics from the insurer’s viewpoint 
  • The dilemma of disclosure 
  • Employee entitlements and rights, and optimising performance 
PLUS: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Program – a mental health training program for workplaces

Facilitated by Dr Shaun Ridley, Deputy CEO, AIM WA
All guests will receive a FREE copy of the book "Being Well In the Law, A Guide for Lawyers" published by the Law Society of New South Wales.

Any profits from this event will be donated to SANE and the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation. 

Event Sponsors

Presented By

Facilitator - Dr. Shaun Ridley, Deputy CEO - AIM WA

Shaun Ridley is an international management consultant and trainer who has over 25 years experience empowering organisations to develop their strategic direction, proactively manage change, and develop the potential of their people. The majority of his assignments involve working with senior executives from both the public and private sectors on strategy and leadership development. Shaun’s particular areas of expertise focus on Leadership, Strategic Planning and Decision Making, Negotiation Skills and Human Resource Management.  
Philippa Rezos, Law Complaints Officer - Legal Practice Board (WA)
Philippa Rezos, Bjuris & LLB (UWA) was admitted to practice in WA in 1983. She was previously a Partner at Paterson & Dowding, Acting Head Family Law, Legal Aid WA, and Consultant at Dwyer Durack. Philippa has been a member of a Government Agency steering committee for dispute resolution and has developed a conciliation model. She is LEADR trained, a member of the Government working party SOCAP and currently Manager, Rapid Resolution Team of the Legal Profession Complaints Committee.
Dr. Rebecca Michalak, Principal Consultant - Psychsafe (QLD)

Dr Rebecca Michalak has over 15 years’ experience in senior management, consulting, and human resources roles in the private, not-for-profit, education, and public sectors. A respected expert in employee performance and wellbeing, Rebecca adopts a stress optimisation approach which maximises engagement and productivity while minimising psychosocial risks. Rebecca has presented to and written for a wide range of international and domestic audiences. A primary prevention advocate, she is currently involved in a range of national forums and initiatives aimed at addressing increasingly problematic levels of poor mental health within the Australian population.

Dylan Van Der Walt, HR Business Partner - Dentons (NSW)

Dylan currently works for Dentons Australia and is responsible for managing the HR operations of select Sydney business units, as well as the firms’ Perth and Papua New Guinea offices. In 2015 Dylan formed a health and wellbeing program, which won the Perth office gold recognition from Healthier Workplaces WA, the only law firm to have received the accolade. 

Recently, Dylan and the HR team have focused on mental health strategies for Dentons’ workforce. They have implemented mental health first aid officers, and created business unit based mental health risk assessments that are designed to track how teams are coping and the effectiveness of these implemented strategies. Dylan has successfully managed employees with a range of presenting mental health related issues, including anxiety disorders and depression. He has also successfully navigated through the challenges of managing traumatic workplace events such as employee self-harm and death.

Also joining the panel:

  • Maria Falas, ANZ Wealth Client Solutions Manager for legalsuper’s Group Risk Insurance (NSW)
  • Catherine Stokes, Mental Health First Aid trainer and lecturer - The College of Law (WA)

Professional Development

Ethics and Professional Responsibility CPD 1 unit/NZ 1 hour

Event Costs

ALPMA Members: $59.00 inc. GST

ALPMA Associates: $59.00 inc. GST

Non Members*: $99.00 inc. GST


ALPMA Members and ALPMA Associates may bring a guest for free. Please use the promotional discount code: MHPH1 if you will be bringing a guest. 

Affiliates (excluding ALPMA Members and ALPMA Associates) may use the promotional code: MHPH1 to receive the discounted registration price of $59.00 inc. GST. Please book via the 'non-member book here' button below and add the discount code MHPH1. You may also bring a guest. 

Affiliates may be members of: AIM WA, Bar Association, Law Society, WLWA, Asian Australian Lawyers Association etc.

Non Member can bring a guest for free. Please use the discount code: MH241

Refreshments will be served prior to the main presentation followed by networking and canapes. 

All guests will receive a FREE copy of the book "Being Well In the Law, A Guide for Lawyers" published by the Law Society of New South Wales.

Please contact the ALPMA WA Secretariat Angelique Cooper by email if you require assistance with your booking. 


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