National Wellness for Law Forum

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Event Details

14 February 2019 at 9:00 am – 15 February 2019 at 5:00 pm
Day Two, 15 February: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St Melbourne 3000
$50 per day, Day Two ticket includes cocktail party


Making Wellness Core Business 14 - 15 February 2019

The Wellness for Law Forum 2019 is the ninth annual gathering of the national Wellness for Law Network and its supporters, from academia and the profession. The Forums provide the opportunity for scholarship and good practice to be shared in a collegiate and supportive environment.

The program for the two days is split between well-being in legal education and wellbeing in the legal profession:

Day One: Wellbeing in Legal Education
Date: Thursday 14 February 2019
Time: 9am start
Location: Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street Carlton
Cost: $50 per person

Day Two: Wellbeing in the Legal Profession
Date: Friday 15 February 2019 - followed by a cocktail party (included in ticket price)
Time: 9am start
Location: Faculty of Law, Monash University, Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Cost: $50 per person



Day Two Speakers: Wellbeing in the Profession

Day 2 will include keynote speakers and panels, including members of the judiciary, practitioners and researchers on wellbeing in the legal profession.

Keynote speakers and panellists include:

- The Hon. Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria
- The Hon. Justice Clyde Croft, Supreme Court of Victoria
- The Hon. Associate Justice Mary Jane Ierodiaconou, Supreme Court of Victoria
- The Hon. Diana Bryant AO, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia
- Judge Frank Gucciardo, County Court of Victoria
- The Hon. Bernard Teague, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria 
- Ms Pauline Spencer, Magistrate Court of Victoria 
- Mr Philip D Corbett  QC
- Ms Carly Shrever
- Ms Fiona McLeay, Legal Services Board

Day Two will be followed by a cocktail party, included in ticket price.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Day 2 of the Forum has been designed to meet the CPD needs of lawyers and barristers. If this session does meet your CPD needs according to the Uniform CPD (Solicitors) Rules 2015 available at you may claim 1 CPD unit for each hour of attendance (breaks not included).


Registration is available separately for each day so that attendees can choose to attend either or both days.

A dinner option at an additional cost is available on Day One. A cocktail function, which is included in the cost of registration, will conclude Day Two.

About the Wellness Network for Law

The Wellness Network for Law is a collegial 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, established by Professor Rachael Field as part of her 2010 National Teaching Fellowship, 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 well-being, within law schools and the profession.

The Network is now hosted by the Centre for Professional Legal Education at Bond Law.

Travel and Accommodation

Delegates are responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) is the main international and domestic airport serving the city. It is located approximately 23 kilometres from the city centre. There is a frequent shuttle service (‘SkyBus’) from the airport to Southern Cross coach and railway station on the western edge of the CBD. The bus departs from outside Terminals 1, 3 and 4. An adult one-way ticket on Skybus currently costs AU$19 (return $36, as at December 2017). SkyBus also provides a free hotel shuttle to its passengers from Southern Cross station to most of the major city hotels. Licensed taxis and Uber rides are also available at Tullamarine airport. A one-way licensed taxi to the city should cost approximately AU$55-$65.

Day Two Accommodation: Monash University Law Chambers is situated in the heart of the CBD. The venue is well-situated for hotels, restaurants and public transport options.

The Alto on Bourke - from approx. $175 per night
Wyndham Hotel Melbourne - from approx. $180 per night

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open-and closes on Thursday 20 December 2018.  Presenters will be notified whether their paper has been accepted by no later 18 January 2019. For details regarding abstract submission please see here.

Conference Conveners

Ms Judith Marychurch took up the role of Assistant Dean – Teaching & Learning at Melbourne Law School on 30 March 2015. She is a co-convenor of the Legal Education Associate Deans (LEAD) Network, which comprises representatatives from all Australian Law Schools.

Dr Adiva Sifris is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa and Monash University Australia. She is admitted to practice in South Africa, the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. After practising as a family lawyer in South Africa and Australia, Dr Sifris moved to academia at Monash University where she is an Associate Professor and teaches family law and is the Director of Clinical Programs at Monash University.

Dr Becky Batagol is an Associate Professor at Monash Sustainable Development Institute and the Faculty of Law, Monash University.  She is a researcher and teacher with a focus on gender, family law, family violence, non-adversarial justice, dispute resolution and legal education.

For all further queries, the conference conveners can be contacted by email:

Ms Judith Marychurch, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne -
Dr Adiva Sifris, Monash University Faculty of Law -
Dr Becky Batagol, Monash University Faculty of Law