Welcome to the Wellness Network for Law
Australian and American research indicates that for many law students, symptoms of psychological distress begin early in law school and continue throughout their study of law and into their working lives. The Wellness Network for Law is a community of legal academics, practitioners and students who are committed to: first, addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law; and second, promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession. The Network seeks to achieve these aims through supporting a deeper understanding of the onset and causes of psychological distress, as well as through the development of strategies for preventing and ameliorating distress, and for fostering wellbeing, within law schools and the profession.
Through these web pages, the Wellness Network for Law provides a hub for sharing resources and knowledge about these issues. Currently, the Network provides a resources list containing scholarly works addressing Australian law students’ and lawyers’ psychological health and wellbeing. Upcoming events, seminars and conferences are listed on the events page. If you would like to be added to the Network contact list, or have ideas or suggestions for the Network or for these web pages, please email Anna Huggins using the contact form below. Further resources will be added in the future.
The Wellness Network for Law was established as part of Rachael Field’s 2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The Network is grateful for the generous support of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation in hosting these web pages. The Network is currently coordinated by Rachael Field (QUT) and Anna Huggins (UNSW).