2022 Intensive: Staying well in the legal profession

The 2022 CPD Intensive Series: Staying well in the legal profession

Mental health and wellbeing are issues of critical importance in any industry, and it’s a topic that should bear the stigma often associated with it. Solicitors carry out vitally important work in a very competitive industry, and they are consistently described as one of the two occupations suffering the highest prevalence of mental health issues.  

In this session, join a panel with experience in mental wellbeing in the legal profession as they discuss the most common mental health issues that affect practitioners, and how the pandemic has exacerbated these issues. Attendees will hear about coping strategies to boost mental health and how those strategies can be applied to their everyday lifestyle. 

Facilitator: Farzana Choudhury, Disability Discrimination Law Senior Solicitor, Canberra Community Law  

Farzana is the Disability Discrimination Law Senior Solicitor at Canberra Community Law. Farzana provides advice, casework and advocacy assistance to people facing disadvantage in relation to disability discrimination and related complaints. Farzana is Vice President of the ACT Law Society Council and is an active member of the Law Society’s Access to Justice & Inclusion Committee. Farzana was awarded a 2019 Churchill Fellowship to investigate the application of poverty-based discrimination law frameworks overseas. Farzana is also the 2020 ANU Young Alumna of the Year, and was awarded ACT Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019. 

Vicki de Prazer, Psychologist, National Chair APS, Coaching Psychology group, AHPRA Psychology Board member and Associate Director UC medical and counselling centre

Vicki has an interest in performance excellence, particularly in demanding environments, medicine, sport , leadership and more recently law. Her practice is informed by the integration of coaching and clinical psychology experience, and her style is to work collaboratively with clients to optimize performance and wellbeing. Vicki has combined her interest in enhancing both mental and physical health with her expertise in cognitive science, to assist a range of clients, from racing car drivers, high level executives, to physicians and musicians. Vicki has achieved high regard as an expert in performance psychology; having contributed to three Australian Olympic Games and one New Zealand campaign. More recently focusing on professional development, at a time that is requiring superior EQ, greater cognitively flexibility, enhanced resilience.

Thomas Gaffney, Senior Associate, Ashurst Australia 

Thomas Gaffney is a Senior Associate (and Wellbeing Officer) in Ashurst Australia’s Canberra Disputes team. Thomas has been a director of the Minds Count Foundation since April 2010 and its Treasurer since October 2012. He was a member of the Foundation’s Working Party (now National Committee) from 2010 to 2016 and its chair from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining the Foundation, Thomas was the co-founder and co-ordinator of the Macquarie Law School Peer Assisted Learning Program (LAW PAL), which established a supportive community of practice, including pastoral and educational assistance, to law students. 

Amanda Whelan, Director of Client Services, knowmore  

Amanda joined knowmore in 2015 and was appointed as the Director, Client Services in 2018. She is a social worker with more than 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable communities impacted by trauma in both Western Australia and Queensland. Amanda is co-leader of knowmore’s national service delivery. A key function of Amanda’s role is to work with all managers to ensure knowmore delivers a multidisciplinary, trauma-informed, culturally safe legal service to our clients, and to lead knowmore’s wellbeing and resilience strategies for staff. In 2019, Amanda authored on behalf of knowmore, a wellbeing and resilience framework and resource kit for the CLC sector, called Shelter from the Perfect Storm. Since then, Amanda has presented and trained extensively across the CLC sector on the framework and how organisations can implement good wellbeing practices. 


  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD points in core area 3
  • This event was recorded at The 2022 CPD Intensive Series, held on Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9 2022
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2022.
  • Online tickets: $44


Webinar ticket $44.00(GST incl.) Register



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