find the latest legal job
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Academic Dean and Head of School of the TC Beirne School of Law
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· An outstanding opportunity · Provide educational, research and organisational leadership
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Lawyers go bush for mental health

Lawyers go bush for mental health

outback

Two lawyers from Thynne + Macartney have taken on a gruelling 1,237-kilometre ride through the outback to raise money for mental health services.

Litigation partner Mark Winn and agribusiness lawyer Hannah Byrne are taking part in RideWest, a charity bicycle trek from Brisbane to Longreach.

Funds raised will benefit the Royal Flying Doctors’ mental health services.

Mental health issues in rural communities can be exacerbated by difficult conditions and lack of access to help, Thynne + Macartney’s head of agribusiness Bill Loughnan said.

“As lawyers to rural communities we have often seen the stress caused by financial hardship, isolation and the challenges of on-going drought, floods and fire in different rural regions,” he said.

“The link between stress and mental health issues is well known.”

He cited the firm’s deep links with the rural community, as a major agribusiness firm in Queensland.

“We have been helping rural clients move forward in all aspects of their lives over multiple generations and RideWest gives us another opportunity to support them,” he said.

The two cyclists, Ms Byrne and Mr Winn, both welcomed the challenge involved in the multi-day trek as well as the opportunity to support the Royal Flying Doctors.

Ms Byrne, who has family connections in rural Australia, said mental health was an issue close to her heart.

“I know people who have suffered from mental health issues and have seen the long-term impact this can have not only on the individual but on their families,” she said.

“I believe that by supporting and participating in events like these we can help provide more support and resources to people in the rural community who need it most.”

For Mr Winn, a keen cyclist, the primary objective was to “share knowledge, change people’s perspectives and give people with mental health issues more control in their lives”.

“I know it's possible to give the people with these challenges more freedom, we just need to provide the resources,” he said. “That is what this ride is about for me.”

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Lawyers go bush for mental health
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Gavel, legal book, criminal lawyers
Jan 19 2018
Three criminal lawyers named NSW magistrates
The NSW Attorney-General has announced the appointment of three new local court magistrates. ...
Warning
Jan 18 2018
Lawyer highlights ‘unintended consequences’ on SSM estate planning
A succession lawyer has warned that the right for same-sex couples to legally marry could have a sub...
drug rehabilitation services available in rural and remote communities
Jan 18 2018
ALS survey shines spotlight on insufficient rehabilitation services
A new survey posted by the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) has revealed an alarming insight into ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...