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Why wellbeing and the law

The definition of being well has come a long way since it was clinically defined as ‘absence of disease’. Today, we understand that ‘being well’ is multifaceted, and includes being:

  • Physically well
  • Mentally well
  • Fit and well
  • Eat well
  • Socially well
  • Well at home
  • Well at work
  • Spiritually well
  • Financial well

As we deal with the multifaceted nature of what it means to be, and how to achieve being well in the law, we as legal professionals often deal with additional complex layers and our overall wellbeing is important for us to be able to perform our roles competently. Addressing our physical and mental wellbeing is important and it is crucial to ensure our working environment and work culture is conducive to be being well.

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) is committed to the health and wellbeing of legal professionals and their workplaces. This website, its tools, resources and events are all dedicated to the pursuit of being well in the law.

Member assistance program

The LIV has partnered with Converge International to provide you with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help deal with the challenges, concerns or issues that may be affecting you at work or at home.

Converge International offers a confidential, personal coaching and counselling service that provide support for a variety of short-term, personal or work issues. This service gives you access to qualified professionals including psychologists, social workers and management coaches.

You can access this service free of charge for up to three hours per issue per year.  Confidentiality is assured and personal details will not be passed on to anyone at the LIV.

To access the service, call 1300 687 327. You can arrange to speak with a consultant over the phone or meet face-to-face. Consultations can be conducted at Converge International sessional offices throughout metropolitan and regional Australia.

LIV mentoring program

The LIV recognises the important role mentors play in the professional growth and development of their fellow lawyers. Since 2009 we have been helping to facilitate many successful and rewarding mentoring relationships for our members. Click here for information about our mentoring program.

LIVwell program

The LIVwell program is designed to support your health literacy as well as the relevant skill sets to be well in the law. The program offers a variety formats including:

  • Events
  • Online and video resources
  • Seminars and webinar series
  • Workshops
  • Keynote speakers
  • Support services
  • Mentoring
  • Member-driven events and initiatives
  • Information and referral pathways
  • Member benefits and discounts

Ethics and practice support

Understand your professional conduct obligations and find support to resolve ethical dilemmas in your practice - visit the LIV Ethics Hub.

LIV articles and media

Regular articles, blogs and press releases by the Law Institute of Victoria on health and wellbeing in the law - view here.

We encourage you to share these articles to your colleagues and contacts in the Victorian legal community.

LIV member discounts and offers

As an LIV member you have access to a number of preferred rates andoffers from LIV health and wellbeing partners, including:

  • Financial services
  • Insurance and health cover
  • Childcare and household services

See the discounts and offers available to members through the LIV Advantage program.

Community support services

There are numerous community & not-for-profit based organisations that provide information and support on a variety of health & wellbeing issues.

Mental Health

Cancer

Addiction

Nutrition & Physical Activity

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Men’s Health

Women’s Health

Gambling

LGBTI

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