Supporting a safe and healthy legal workplace


Australian Research, Reports, Studies:






  •  Townes O’Brien, M., Tang, S. & Hall, K. (2011). No time to lose: Negative impact on law student wellbeing may begin in year one. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 2(2), 49-60. doi: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v2i2.84





International Research

  • Krill P.R. Johnson R. Albert L. (2016) The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys  Journal of Addict Med. 2016 Feb; 10(1): 46–52. doi:  10.1097/ADM.0000000000000182


  • Krieger L. Sheldon K.M. (2014) What makes lawyers happy? Transcending the anecdotes with data from 6200 lawyers.


  • Krieger L. (2002) Institutional Denial About the Dark Side of Law School and Fresh Empirical Guidance for Constructively Breaking the Silence

Research on the  impact of the workplace on Mental Wellbeing

  • Shain M. (1999) The role of the workplace in the production and containment of health costs: the case of stress‐related disorders.  Leadership in Health Services, Volume: 12 Issue: 2, 1999




  • LaMontagne, Anthony D, Keegel, Tessa, Vallance, Deborah, Ostry, Aleck and Wolfe, Rory (2008), Job strain — Attributable depression in a sample of working Australians: Assessing the contribution to health inequalities, BMC Public Health, vol. 8, no. Article 181, pp. 1‐9. Available from Deakin Research Online:




  • Shain M. (2011) the Road to Psychological Safety : Legal, scientific and social foundations for a national standard for psychological safety in the workplace he_Road_to_Psychological_Safety.pdf




  • Omari, M. , & Paull, M. (2013). ‘Shut up and bill’: Workplace bullying challenges for the legal profession. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 20(2), 141-160. Available online at here This Journal Article is posted at Research Online


  • Michalek, R.T. (2013) Beyond slips, trips, and falls The emerging importance of psychosocial risk management


  • LaMontagne A. D. Martin A. Page K. M. Reayley N. J. Noblet A. J. Milner A.  J. Keegel, T. Smith P.M.  (2014) Workplace mental health: developing an integrated intervention approach BMC Psychiatry201414:131  DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-14-131


  • Michalek R. T. (2015) Causes and Consequences of Work-Related Psychosocial Risk Exposure A Comparative Investigation of Organisational Context, Employee Attitudes, Job Performance and Wellbeing in Lawyers and Non-Lawyer Professionals ISBN: 978-0-9874106-0-3 (Print version) ISBN: 978-0-9874106-1-0 (Electronic version)



National Standard Canada released 2013

Implementation of the Standard

Employer Guide

Sample psychological health and safety policy


  • Ierodiaconou M.J. Foster R. (2013) “Telling Admissions: Disclosing mental illness among lawyers”. Jan/Feb 2013 87 (1/2) LIJ p.32.–Disclosing-mental-illness-amon
  • Ierodiaconou M.  J.  Foster R. (2013) “Laying it on the line: Mental health issues in the legal profession”. LSJ June 2013 p.60-6.
  • Ierodiaconou M.J. (2013) “Reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities: accommodating disability in the workplace”. Ethos/ December 2013. link to pdf
  • Associate Justice Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou (2015) “Inspiring Change: Creating a healthy work environment is key to sustainable lawyering and the mental wellbeing of the profession”. December 2015 LIJ p.48-51.
  • Ierodiaconou M.J. (2015)  National Wellness for Law Forum. Ethos March 2015 p.16-17.