I am delighted to announce that the Victorian Bar in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation of Australia will host a (virtual) symposium on mental health for legal practitioners as part of Mental Health Month.
The symposium will be conducted entirely remotely and will be broadcast via zoom (without charge) to a national audience. To be held on the morning of Wednesday, 6 October, it will feature a highly qualified and interesting line-up of presenters.
Peer Support Barristers - Call For Nominations
Members will have received an invitation to the launch of the Bar’s Revised Code of Conduct which comprises revised policies against sexual harassment, workplace bullying and discrimination. The revised policies are part of the Bar’s commitment to a respectful and professional work environment where sexual harassment, workplace bullying and discrimination are not tolerated. The revised policies have been informed by the issues highlighted by recent events and reviews relating to sexual harassment in the legal profession. I encourage all members to attend the virtual launch on Tuesday, 28 September. We will be joined by Heads of Jurisdiction and the Legal Services Commissioner.
The revised policies against sexual harassment, workplace bullying and discrimination establish the positions of Peer Support Barristers. Peer Support Barristers will be available to assist, support, guide and advise those who are affected by any such behaviour. The Bar calls for nominations from members to fill three Peer Support Barristers positions. There will be training provided for the role and this will take place in mid-November 2021. The training involves two sessions of three hours and will be conducted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. There will be no cost to participants.
Please address any queries and nominations to Miranda Tulloch (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Bar office.
Christopher Blanden QC