Although work stress and mental health issues are now recognised as a serious problem among Australian lawyers, there has been relatively little evidence-based knowledge of how this problem can be solved. This is about to change.
In a ground-breaking research project, UNSW Law researchers Professor Janet Chan, Dr Suzanne Poynton and Dr Jasmine Bruce will undertake a rigorous evaluation of wellbeing programs for lawyers and their support staff.
“It’s not just lawyers in large commercial practices who are affected by stress”, said Janet Chan who is heading up the project.
“Work stress in the legal profession extends across public and private sectors, as well as to support staff,” she said.