Make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of legal professionals in your workplace – how you can develop your skills to respond

Make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of legal professionals in your workplace – how you can develop your skills to respond


Make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of legal professionals in your workplace – how you can develop your skills to respond

Date: 06-Aug-2019

Panel Discussion


Make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of legal professionals in your workplace – how you can develop your skills to respond


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Start Time

5.30pm AWST

End Time

7.45pm AWST

Event Location


Host Venue Details

College of Law, Ground Floor, Durack Centre 263 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 

Event Overview

Opening address by our distinguished patron: The Honourable Chief Justice Peter Quinlan of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

A panel of national experts will consider the widespread challenges which the legal profession faces surrounding mental health and wellbeing and what can be done to assist legal professionals. The event is a ‘must attend’ for the legal community!
  • Discover the prevalence of mental health in the legal profession.
  • Explore recent research carried out amongst law students and find out if this problem is going away.
  • Hear the cost benefits of taking care of people’s mental health verses the cost of doing nothing.
  • Understand how Mental Health First Aid training can equip you to gain the necessary skills to deal with difficult situations.
  • Listen to a “lived” experience from someone trained in MHFA.
Be present for an important announcement to be made at the end of the panel discussion.

Event Sponsors

Presented By

Facilitator: Dr Shaun Ridley, Deputy CEO, AIM WA

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Management (WA) Shaun is an international management consultant and trainer who has over 30 years’ experience empowering organisations to develop their strategic direction, proactively manage change, and develop the potential of their people.

His current role has given him unrivalled access to hundreds of organisations across multiple industry types including banking and finance, manufacturing, mining, public sector management, small business, professional services, education and health care.  

The majority of his assignments involve working with senior executives from both the public and private sectors on strategy and leadership development.  Shaun is frequently invited to speak at annual conferences and conventions for both profit and non-profit organisations and community groups.  He is the author of One Small Step … for Leaders and has also written a number of short articles published in business magazines and newspapers.

Maria Falas, Head of Mental Health & Wellness, Life Insurance, OnePath Life & Zurich Financial Services Australia

Maria has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Holding tertiary qualifications in marketing, law and econometrics, Maria worked in the legal industry before joining OnePath fourteen years ago in risk and compliance.

Prior to her current role, Maria was the Client Solutions Manager for OnePath’s group life insurance business. In this role, Maria thrived on improving customer experience with a particular interest and passion in mental health.

Given the growing impact of mental health on our communities, Maria was appointed Head of Mental Health & Wellness for the life insurance business in October 2017. Maria works with leaders across the life insurance value chain to ensure that the mental health customer value proposition is aligned throughout the life insurance business. 

Natalie Skead, Professor Natalie Skead FAAL PFHEA, Dean and Head of School, UWA Law School, University of Western Australia

Professor Natalie Skead joined the Law School at The University of Western Australia in 2002, after 12 years in legal practice. She was appointed Dean in 2017. Natalie's principal teaching areas are Property, Land Law and Equity and Trusts. She completed her doctorate on the Australian proceeds of crime legislation. She is a prolific researcher with an extensive publication record in these areas as well as Remedies, Natural Resources and Legal Education, and has received a number of government and industry research grants.  

Natalie has been the recipient of several School, Faculty and University teaching awards and in 2017 was honoured with an Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence from the Federal Minister of Education and Training. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, is the Associate Editor of the Legal Education Review, a member of the editorial committee of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Law Academics Association.
John Poulsen, Principal, People Passion Performance, former Australian Managing Partner and CEO of Squire Patton Boggs Partner
John is the Principal of People, Passion & Performance and has deep ‘hands on’ experience in creating and developing workplaces where people have a shared vision and purpose, so that the people thrive and the organisation flourishes sustainably.  John coaches’ leaders and emerging leaders to live without fear and to develop and enhance their people skills, so that they fully motivate, engage and empower their people to succeed in these volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times.

John also helps leaders to develop and implement cultural change projects and to develop values that have meaning to the organisation.  He speaks on leadership, organisational change and has a passion for assisting organisations to build mentally healthy workplaces.  
John was until 31 December 2017, the Australian Managing Partner and CEO of Squire Patton Boggs, a top 10 Global Law Firm with offices in Perth, Sydney and Darwin.  John is acknowledged as being a collaborative (but decisive), engaging, energising leader with a fierce determination to build and grow organisation.  He is a developer and cultivator of talent who is focussed on the wellbeing of people, and who has a strong moral and ethical compass in everything he does. 


  Catherine Stokes, Assistant Director, College of Law WA and Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Catherine is an experienced, professional trainer and facilitator. She has provided training to a wide range of adult audiences. She has experience as a lawyer in private practice and in government legal practice, in Perth and in London. She is the Assistant Director at the College of Law Western Australia.  Catherine is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, accredited to deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid course and Blended Mental Health First Aid courses for Workplaces and for the Legal Profession.

   Briony Whyte, Graduate, Jackson McDonald, Careers Officer, Australian Law Students Association (ALSA)

Briony is a recent graduate of the university of Notre Dame, currently employed as a graduate in the Construction team at Jackson McDonald. Briony also sits on the committee of the Australian Law Students Association (ALSA), where she holds the position of Careers Officer. During her time as a student Briony worked in the legal services industry for four years, as a paralegal and as a legal executive assistant. Briony is a passionate promoter of mental health awareness in the legal profession, and a recent graduate of the Mental Health First Aid in the Legal Profession course provided to law students by legalsuper and Gilbert + Tobin.

Professional Development

1.25 CPD Unit - Practice Management and Business Skills

Event Costs

ALPMA Members: Free! Please login to register

ALPMA Associates: Free! Please login and enter the discount code: MHFA

Non Members*: Free! Please login and enter the discount code: MHFA - *Non Members must be eligible to join ALPMA

ALPMA, in conjuction with legalsuper, Law Society of WA, College of Law and Australian Institute of Management are pleased to provide this important event for free. Please enter the discount code: MHFA at the time of registration. 

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