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Hi fellow ACC members,

I am the chair of your In-house In Health Special Interest Group (IHIH SIG), and I take this opportunity to introduce the hard working members of the IHIH SIG and to provide a few ideas on taking care of oneself for the upcoming festive period. 


The members of the IHIH SIG are Amy Salapak (Senior Legal Counsel, Curtin University), Bernard Lankes (Director, Legal Affairs & Compliance, Gartner Australia Pty Ltd), David Field (Chief Legal Counsel, Canon Oceania), Elda Poletti (Manager Advisory Legal at the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions), Jessica Giampiccolo (Group Legal Counsel at Southern States Group), Karen Lee (Legal Counsel at Novartis, Australia & New Zealand); and Malcolm Haack (Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Orica). I have taken over the role of Chair of the IHIH SIG from Leanne Clark, and I thank Leanne for her amazing work during her time as Chair.

The IHIH SIG is one of the special interest groups of the Australian Chapter of the ACC, and we are responsible for exploring matters relating to health and wellness; developing resources and conferencing content; identifying, where possible, referrals and support services; raising awareness of the pressures felt by in-house lawyers; and advocating for workplace practices that lead to improved levels of health and wellness for all members of the in-house legal profession and identifying and developing resources and events which will drive those practices. The In-house In Health special interest group page can be accessed by clicking here

If you are interested in joining the IHIH SIG or would like to have a chat regarding the health and wellness of inhouse counsel, please feel free to email Tiffany Henderson at or to reach out to any of the IHIH SIG members.

ACC Australia is proud to have partnered with Vario from Pinsent Masons for our In-house In health initiative


Taking care of yourself

As the COVID-19 related restrictions are relaxing and the idea of a festive period without lockdown across Australia is already or is quickly becoming a reality, the communities in which we live and work are coming to life and filling with excitement. There is plenty to be excited about, including being able to leave home, to see family and friends, and for some of us, to return to the office. With this excitement potentially comes stress, a range of positive and negative emotions, and possibly little time to take care of oneself. Below are a few ideas on how to care for yourself during this festive season.

Set healthy work boundaries – particularly if you will be on leave during the festive season (further information can be found in the article by Madeleine Shaw, Executive coach, speaker & facilitator on the ACC site

Prioritise time for you – set time aside to do regularly something special for you and to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing.

Be kind to yourself – at this time of year there is normally a significant amount of pressure to get competing things done by deadlines, which may be unrealistic and arbitrary. Allow yourself to ask for help, to ask if deadlines can be extended, to accept fallibility (because after all, we are, as humans, fallible), and to challenge the need for everything to be done by the end of the year, especially if the work product will only be reviewed after people return to work in the new year (further information can be found in the article by Paul Garth, Pinsent Mason Vario, on the ACC site.

Enjoy – from the IHIH SIG, we wish you all a happy, healthy and safe festive period and we look forward to helping with the health and wellness of the inhouse legal community in 2022.