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Wellbeing & Life Balance

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LawCare

LawCare is the Law Society of NSW's confidential counselling service. It aims to help members deal with personal and professional problems that interfere with their work performance and personal life.

A counsellor is available to discuss any personal problem currently affecting your work performance, or threatens to do so in the future. Problems may include anxiety or stress related conditions, alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling addiction, a family or marriage crisis, or career problems.

LawCare or Law Care

LawCare can all assist your family with a wide range of problems.

LawCare counselling is provided by GPs experienced in dealing with the unique difficulties faced by professionals.. You may choose from male or female counsellors.

Initial assessment and referrals by phone are free of charge. Costs will only be incurred for face-to-face consultations and much of this can be claimed back through Medicare or private health cover for clinically relevant medical conditions.

Call 0416 200 788 to speak to a counsellor at LawCare.

BarCare

www.barcare.org

BarCare is an independent professional counselling service designed to assist members of the NSW Bar manage emotional and stress-related problems, such as marital breakdowns, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

BarCare is available to all members of the Bar Association and their immediate families. If a member requires assistance, he or she is encouraged to contact Penny Johnston, Director, Care and Assistance, to arrange an appointment for a consultation. She may be contacted on (02) 9331 3872 or email pjohnston@barcare.org.

Alternatively Barristers and their families seeking assistance can directly contact one of the panel specialists listed on the web site to make an appointment for a consultation.

Lawyers Assistance Program

www.lap.com.au

The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) is a free and confidential counselling service for solicitors suffering from stress, depression or other personal difficulties. By contacting LAP you initially speak in confidence with a trained coordinator, who is also an experienced solicitor.

In addition to offering a sympathetic, yet impartial ear, the coordinator may also point you in the direction of suitable counsellors, agencies or schemes such as LawCare for further assistance. To speak with the LAP coordinator call 1800 777 662.

Family & People Friendly

Work2Suit

Work2Suit is an information and support network for solicitors who are working, or seeking to work, flexibly. Flexible work options may include part-time or job-share arrangements, and working from home.

Care and lifestyle solutions

The Law Society offers child care and lifestyle solutions through partner organisations.

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General Health

ABC Health & Wellbeing

Information for the public on healthy living, medical conditions and medical news.

Healthy Insite

A wide range of up-to-date and quality assessed information on important health topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma.

Life Balance

Lawyers are notorious for working long and hard and making sacrifices for the sake of their practice. For lawyers, this is one of life's double-edged swords. For insight and hints to help lawyers balance the incessant pulls of both work and daily life:

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Mental Health

Your mental health is important. If you suspect you may be suffering from a mental health disorder, don't delay, seek help.

Member Assistance Program

A service of the Law Society for its members. It provides free support service for both personal and work related issues.

Confidential short-term counselling is available from qualified social workers and pshychologists 24 hours a day.

Telephone 1300 360 364 or visit www.davcorp.com.au.

From Junior Solicitor to Senior Partner

Whether you're starting your journey or charting a new career course, firsts can be frightening. These resources focus on new lawyers as well as solo- and small-firm challenges. Resources from the CBA PracticeLink pages.

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Your Career

The dissatisfaction of so many lawyers with their careers dramatises the need to focus on a process which enables them, by seeking positions consistent with their personal values and professional goals, to achieve professional satisfaction.

The USA version of Findlaw has a collection of articles to help you understand the process and the steps you need to take to make a thoughtful transition in your career.

LIV have a Careers Centre with further information. And the July 2011 issue of Law Practice is dedicated to Time To Take A Leap.


Topics of Interest

Diet

Find a healthy recipe for dinner.

Have a look at what the CSIRO Health and Wellbeing has to say about diet and nutrition.

Exercise Guide

Need to get moving but not sure which sport to choose? Have a look at the ABCs website for inspiration

You can also check out ABCs website to see whether you are in the healthy weight range.

Financial Wellbeing

See our Practice Management - Finance page.

Medicare

View and update your Medicare details online.

Do you have to pay the Medicare levy? Find out using the ATO's calculator.

Mistakes & Complaints

See our Practice Management - Risk and Ethics pages.

Financial Wellbeing

See our Practice Management - Finance page.

Medicare

View and update your Medicare details online.

Do you have to pay the Medicare levy? Find out using the ATO's calculator.

Mistakes & Complaints

See our Practice Management - Risk and Ethics pages.

Organ Donor

Register to become an organ donor, but remember to speak to your family about your decision as they will have the ultimate say.

Private Health Insurance

PrivateHealth.gov.au allows you to compare private health care insurance and find a policy that suits you and your family.

Women In The Workplace

The Better Health Channel has a fact sheet addressing issues facing working women.

Computer Tan

For those who are time poor but still yearn for a nice tanned appearance, try Computer Tan

Recent Articles

All articles from Canadian Bar Association unless noted otherwise.

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