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Health & Wellbeing Program Launch - A Breakfast CPD
Wednesday 13 February 2019, 07:30am - 09:00pm

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   2019 launch of the Law Society NT’s

   Health & Wellbeing Program

   A breakfast CPD


Venue:  Oaks Elan, 31 Woods Street, Darwin
Cost:  $99.00 (inc. GST) 


The Law Society Northern Territory invites all legal practitioners to join President Maria Savvas in the launch of the Health & Wellbeing Program, with its new logo to help identify health and wellbeing CPDs.


This CPD provides two guest speakers, one focussing on the imperative for courts to recognise the demanding intense nature of judicial work and to take action to manage and mitigate that stress for the wellbeing of judicial officers, while the other speaker will explore occupational stress and wellbeing in the legal profession from an evidence-based psychological perspective. An initial overview will explore current levels of suicide, mental health concerns and substance misuse in various occupations, including the legal profession.

The nature of stress, its causes and consequences will be explored and the relationship between these and work identified. In this way, it will be possible for participants to identify their own stress and that in their colleagues. The psychological explanation for stress, focussing on the transactional nature of the concept will be outlined, while the systemic issues affecting judicial wellbeing will also be given attention.

Importantly, the consequences of acute and chronic stress will be described with a specific focus on physical and mental health. The impact this has on personal and professional relationships will also be described. Importantly, how best to use this knowledge to minimise the consequences of work related stress through a variety of positive and negative techniques will be outlined, as will initiatives that would effectively manage stress in the judicial workplace.


Participants will leave with:

1 Evidence on the mental health concerns of judicial and legal officers;

2 An understanding of stress, coping and resilience;

3 An understanding of the underpinnings of mental health and wellbeing;

4 An understanding of how to identify stress and wellbeing issues in self and in colleagues;

5 Awareness of initiatives that would promote the wellbeing of judicial officers; and

6 A variety of approaches to implement in dealing with stress, mental and physical health and wellbeing.


Chief Judge John Lowndes

John Lowndes is the Chief Judge of the Local Court, since being appointed a magistrate of the Northern Territory of Australia in 1990.

He holds a combined Arts/Law Degree, a Diploma in Jurisprudence, a Diploma in Criminology and a Masters of Law (Hons Class 1) from the University of Sydney. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy from CDU.

He was recently admitted as a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Law (FAAL), a broad-based body committed to the advancement of the discipline of law and to justice according to law in Australia.

John Lowndes is a former President of the Association of Australian Magistrates (AAM) and the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA), an international judicial association comprising members from over 53 countries around the Commonwealth of Nations. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia (JCA). All three organisations have as their primary aim, the maintenance of a strong and independent judiciary within a free and democratic society that adheres to the rule of law.

Professor Dominic Upton, College Dean of Health & Human Sciences, CDU

Before moving to Darwin last year, Dominic was the Acting Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health at Canberra University, and previously was Deputy Dean of the Faculty. He holds a PhD in Neuropsychology from the University of London, Master of Science in Psychology & Health from Middlesex University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Biology from Leicester University. He is a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Dominic's research interests span significant areas in health psychology: from the impact of psychological factors in pain, coping with the stresses and strains of chronic disorders, to the promotion of physical health in adults and children. His research has explored stress, pain and wellbeing, and highlighted how better psychological care can promote mental and physical health.

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