The Wellbeing and the Law Foundation is a joint initiative of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and Victorian Bar (Vic Bar) established in 2013 to support the health and wellbeing of the legal profession; people who work within the profession and law students.

The foundation promotes and supports the legal community, both at an employee and employer level, with their workplace wellness aspirations.

Why wellness at work?

Employee health and wellbeing continues to be a significant concern for employers worldwide. Creating a strong culture of wellbeing and promoting wellness as a business strategy imperative positively contributes to:

  • overall employee wellbeing
  • boosting individual engagement
  • organisational image and brand
  • furthering organisational values
  • employee value proportion
  • talent acquisition and retention
  • organisational performance

Today’s definition of “being well” dictates the need for a broader focus on overall wellbeing, including a more holistic view and integrated approach to supporting employees in their health, wealth and  careers, with a shared responsibility and employer support for wellbeing as part of a compelling employee value proposition. The need to address organisational culture and the physical environment we work in also plays a vital role.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a legal community with safe working environments, where lawyers are working in appropriate roles, where they are able to reach their full potential, can cope with the normal stresses of legal practice, work productively and contribute to the broader legal community.

The foundation aims to support cultural change across the legal community, to reduce stigma, to encourage individuals to seek help early and to encourage employers to take positive responsibility for maintaining a healthy workplace culture.

Wellbeing in the Law has three key objectives:

  • Supporting legal employers to implement preventative strategies – through a membership program tailored to the needs of legal organisation;
  • Empowering legal communities to establish support networks – working with suburban and country law associations, and legal employers; and
  • Promoting health and wellbeing across the legal community – through a major awareness raising campaign.

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