Mental Health Seminar: Survival guide for legal practice managers
Finkel Lecture Theatre John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, ANU
Presented by ACT Law Society
In the lead up to Mental Health Week, the ACT Law Society is providing a free seminar presented by Maria Falas, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing from OnePath Life Limited (legalsuper’s group insurer).
Lawyers, being perfectionists, will often avoid talking about mental illness, fearing an impact on career progression, or being 'exposed' as not 'good enough'. Most remain blissfully unaware that in this high-pressure environment a large number of their colleagues are also suffering in silence—not just fellow lawyers, but also their support staff are affected either directly or indirectly by the effects of stress and mental illness.
Maria will provide insights on the direction the life insurance industry is taking to further support mental health and wellbeing. A workshop will follow to understand the needs and ideas that are being considered and how these can support the legal community.
Maria Falas, Mental Health and Wellness, Onepath Life »
Maria has more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has tertiary qualification in marketing, law and econometrics. Having previously held roles in law, she started her career at OnePath thirteen years ago in risk and compliance. She was most recently the Client Solutions Manager for OnePath’s group insurance business. In this role, Maria thrived on improving OnePath’s customers experience with a particular interest and passion in mental health.
With mental health having a growing impact on our communities, Maria was recently appointed Head of Mental Health & Wellness for the life insurance business. In her new role, Maria will work with leaders across OnePath’s life insurance value chain to ensure that our mental health customer value proposition is aligned throughout our business.
Maria will also be responsible for addressing the changing needs of OnePath’s customers and market expectations including preventative tools and education. In her spare time, she chases the sun and indulges in serious beach therapy with her family.