Wellbeing in the Law Week - Mon 8 to Fri 12 May

Date & time

12pm Monday 8 May – 5pm Friday 12 May 2017


Various venues around the ANU Law buildings and the Acton campus, Canberra


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Presented by ANU College of Law Wellbeing Initiative and the ANU Law Students' Society

Wellbeing week

The ANU College of Law is committed to health and wellbeing in the law, for all our students and academic and professional staff. This is the inaugural Wellbeing in the Law Week, presented by the ANU College of Law Wellbeing Initiative and the ANU Law Students' Society.

We have prepared a full program of activitities, events and seminars for the whole week, and everyone is warmly welcomed and encouraged to participate in everything in the schedule.

Events this week include:

  • Black Dog Institute and Batyr sessions - Wed 10th
  • Gender, Minority & Diversity panel and lunch - Tues 9th
  • Painting, Choir singing and Nutbush dancing (unofficial) world record attempt
  • Petting zoo and Greyhound dog playdates - Mon 8th & Wed 10th
  • Wellbeing and the legal curriculum forum (Tues) and Wellbeing Initiative workshop (Fri)
  • Wellness doctrines keynote (Wed),
  • Eating Well workshop, Launch lunch (Mon), ANU Reps lunch (Thurs) and Staff & Student social mixer (Fri)
  • Legal futures seminar (Mon), Clerkship night (Tues) and Student open forum (Thurs)

Please register for the Choir session (Friday 12th, 12.30-2) by filling in this form.

Past Sessions

Gender, Minority and Diversity panel and lunch

Panel session

12.00pm to 2.00pm Tuesday 9 May 2017

Tickets are free but you must register for this event at http://genderminoritydivers.getqpay.com/  
Full event details are available on the LSS GMD panel event page .

Tthe ANU LSS and Ashurst proudly presents the Gender, Minority & Diversity lunch for 2017.
Join our friends from the Social Justice Portfolio to hear this fabulous panel of speakers and a truly decadent lunch afterwards. Tickets are free, but you must register at genderminoritydivers.getqpay.com/ 
See www.facebook.com/events/160034991191624/ for more details.

Teaching and Learning forum: The Creative Curriculum (Staff focused)

Concurrent session

1.00pm to 2.00pm Tuesday 9 May 2017

We know that finding a creative outlet can help humans to be well. Finding ways to be creative in all our intellectual endeavours can likewise increase a sense of wellbeing at the law school. This teaching and learning forum will discuss different ways that we our currently creative in our curriculum, and the positive impact that a creative curriculum has for both teachers and students. This event is mainly focused on staff, but students are welcome to attend. 

Painting, with Zest & Honey

Plenary session

2.30pm to 3.30pm Tuesday 9 May 2017

Do you enjoying colouring mandalas but wish you could do more? Want to extend your artistic skills? This workshop, led by Ebony Hoiberg (of Zest and Honey.) might be just the creative push that you needed. Materials provided.
Both staff and students are welcome to attend, but spaces are limited to 30 participants.
Please register here if you definitely intend to attend.
See www.facebook.com/events/720778704767575/ for more details

Clerkship Information Evening

Plenary session

6.00pm to 10.00pm Tuesday 9 May 2017

Come meet and hear from a variety of law firms to find out about their Clerkship programs and the application process. Full details of the event are available on the LSS Clerkship Information Evening event page.

The Wellness Doctrines

Plenary session

5.30pm to 7.30pm Wednesday 10 May 2017

Jerome Doraisamy left legal practice to publish 'The Wellness Doctrines for Law Students and Young Lawyers' in response to the issues he saw around him as a young lawyer. Join him as he discusses the prevalence, causes and effects of psychological distress, anxiety and depression for law students and young lawyers in Australia.

This session will be kicked off with a 20 minute presentation in the ANU Law foyer by our Pro Vice-Chancellor - University Experience, Professor Richard Baker, followed by Jerome's presentation in the Law Lecture Theatre 1. See www.facebook.com/events/1892205597701299/ for more details.

Free Lunch and coffee


12.30pm to 1.00pm Thursday 11 May 2017

Join us for free lunch and coffee on the Lawns. Dietary requirements catered for.
This event immediately precedes the Nutbush World Record Attempt, so be sure to stick around after you grab a bite to eat to have a boogie with us!
See www.facebook.com/events/317651665318317/ for more details.

Nutbush (unofficial) World Record attempt

Plenary session

1.00pm to 1.45pm Thursday 11 May 2017

Remember the Nutbush? That funny dance you probably had to do in primary school at some point. Well it's back! This may seem a bit silly, but breaking down the divide between staff and students is crucial to promoting a healthy and supportive learning environment. So let's all not take ourselves too seriously. You know the steps, come along and let's all mildly embarass ourselves together; and in the process help form bonds within our law community!
We will have a few practice runs of the steps to refresh your memory from 1pm, and will have the official go (and filming) at 1.30pm. 
Law staff and students will unite to unofficially beat the Guinness World Record for the number of people dancing Nutbush together – 255 of us and we have the unofficial record! Former ANU CoL staff member and now MLA Elizabeth Lee will lead the dance along with LSS dancer extraordinaire Em Roberts. Promote wellbeing by doing something fun with your friends and colleagues!
See www.facebook.com/events/194549991065039/ for more details


Student Open Forum (Students Only)

Plenary session

2.00pm to 3.00pm Thursday 11 May 2017

This event is an opportunity for students to express any concerns with their courses or law in general. The discussion will be tailored around ideas for improving the integration of wellbeing in to the law school and/or curriculum. No staff will be present. Please feel free to be as open with us as you would like. Please note that this discussion will be kept as a safe space, both for you, and for the organisers. Feedback will be kept anonymous, but we will collect and implement ideas that may be used to improve the integration of mental health in to the law school. Members of the LSS and the ANUSA College of Law Representatives will be present to hear your feedback.

See www.facebook.com/events/164942060701601/ for more details. 


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