The Victorian Bar is committed supporting the health & wellbeing of our members with a range of services, policies and activities.
The Victorian Bar funds two independent counselling services to members and their families.
The services include 24-hour crisis support and counselling help lines:
Psychologists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to deal with any crisis situation.
Trained consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to deal with any crisis situation.
Barristers perform a vital function in the community, providing advice and advocacy essential for defending the rights of those before the court. Sometimes, the daily pressures that barristers face, both personally and professionally, can be overwhelming.
The Victorian Bar is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of members. The Bar launched its health and wellbeing portal in February 2021. The portal is a landmark initiative designed to enable barristers to access the information and support they need to manage various difficulties that they may face during their careers quickly and easily.
The Victorian Bar acknowledges the financial support of the Legal Services Board + Commissioner in developing the portal.
The portal is available here.
The Committee’s primary goal is to promote the good health and wellbeing of barristers.
The Committee’s objective is to:
The Committee is responsible for:
The Committee is also responsible for:
The Health and Wellbeing Committee recommend that barristers who are in any way concerned about their psychological well being should seek professional help.
The Wellbeing of the Victorian Bar survey report covers the findings of a survey undertaken in June 2018 by 856 Victorian barristers.
The survey covered two key areas:
It used two benchmarks:
Headline results were mostly encouraging and were in line with or exceeded the benchmark samples. Three in four respondents agreed or strongly agreed they were satisfied with the overall quality of their working lives. More than four in five respondents agreed or strongly agreed they enjoy their work. Four in five reported overall satisfaction with their jobs. Two-thirds agreed or strongly agreed they felt good or content with life as a whole.
The full report and Wellbeing at the Victorian Bar presentation slides may be accessed via the below links: