Law Society NT Logo
Law Society NT Logo

Events Calendar

Burnout (& Compassion? Fatigue?): what is it and how to prevent it!
Thursday 22 August 2019, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Health  Wellbeing Logo


What to do if you are experiencing symptoms of ‘Burnout’ already!

Venue:  Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost:  $99.00 inc. GST
Level:  Suitable for all levels of legal practice

Register Now!



All lawyers work hard mentally, with strict deadlines and responsibilities, often with long hours, facing many professional and personal stressors throughout the days and weeks. Each person has their own approach to managing their stressors but when layered on top of each other through external circumstances, it can be a lot to have to handle and remain calm! This CPD will help us understand the nature of ‘burnout’, its causes and its long term consequences will be explored.

Burnout has recently been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a legitimate medical condition being described as a syndrome of symptoms that arise from “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”. This workshop will enable participants to identify chronic workplace stress both in themselves and colleagues and how best to manage underlying stress.
Importantly, the consequences burnout will be described with a specific focus on obtaining optimal physical and mental health within the context of the working environment. The impact burnout has on personal and professional relationships will also be described.

Importantly, how best to use this knowledge to minimise the consequences of burnout through a variety of positive and negative techniques will be outlined and practical valuable takeaways will be given.

This CPD is part of the Society’s Health & Wellbeing Program.

Benefits of Attending:
1 An awareness of evidence (vs myth) on the mental health concerns of lawyers (and judicial officers?);
2 An understanding of how ‘burnout’ manifests in the body and what others might notice;
3 An understanding of the underpinnings of mental health and wellbeing
4 A variety of approaches to dealing with burnout symptoms

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

Before moving to Darwin in 2018, 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. In addition to his research, he has completed numerous evaluation studies exploring the impact of novel and innovative health service developments.

Earn 1 CPD Point in Pracitce management and business skills (CB) or Professional skills in legal practice (CC) 

Legalsuper RGB 72dpi small

Office Location

Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Mailing Address

GPO Box 2388
Darwin NT 0801


Telephone: (08) 8981 5104
Fax: (08) 8941 1623
ABN: 62 208 314 893