BarCare is an independent, professional counselling service, which helps members of the Bar Association to manage emotional and stress-related problems, such as marital breakdown, drug or alcohol dependency and practice pressures.

BarCare is available to all members of the Bar Association and their immediate families.

Up to six consultations are provided free of charge. The aim is to identify what, if any, follow-up services or treatments are required. BarCare has access to a wide network of professionals across NSW from different disciplines for referral purposes or to discuss aspects of treatment. These include both general and specialist medical practitioners, social workers, psychologists, stress management consultants and dependency counsellors.

If a member requires confidential assistance, he or she is encouraged to contact Jenny Houen, director, care and assistance, to arrange a consultation. Members in rural and regional areas can contact Barcare for assistance in locating an appropriate specialist closer to home. Alternatively, clerks and colleagues in chambers can make a confidential referral.

Barristers and their families seeking assistance may contact one of the panel of specialists directly to make an appointment for a consultation.

Confidential assistance

The Bar Association’s sole involvement is to fund and promote the service to ensure assistance is available to all members in need. No information is provided to the Bar Association without the express permission of the barrister.

Consultations are held in the strictest confidence.