BarCare: confidential consultation, counselling and care



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.

The first consultation is 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.

To access more resources on stress, anxiety and depression, or to arrange a confidential consultation, visit or contact Jenny Houen, BarCare's director, on 0427 317 958 or

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