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Partner Spotlight – Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Each year, MWF brings some of the more urgent and fascinating conversations to the stage to inform, challenge and inspire audiences. One such conversation is all about mental health.

Are We All OK? 

Fri 9 Sep, 6.30pm | State Library Victoria 


How can we safeguard our mental wellbeing at home and at work amidst incessant uncertainty, anxiety and isolation wrought by the pandemic, lockdowns and natural disasters? Is there ambition to reshape a mental health system in which out-of-pocket costs exclude so many? And what possibilities lie within First Nations methodologies for improving mental health in young people?

In a conversation that feels more prescient than ever, Sarah Krasnostein (pictured), author of the recent Quarterly Essay Not Waving, Drowning: Mental Illness and Vulnerability in Australia, joins  Antoinette Lattouf, journalist and Gidget Foundation ambassador; Rick Morton, journalist and author of My Year of Living Vulnerably; and Cammi Murrup-Stewart, an Aboriginal academic with close ties to Wurundjeri Country, and a social and emotional wellbeing researcher, to consider the path forward, with Astrid Edwards (The Garret).


MWF could not bring you this conversation without the support of our Cultural Partner Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

“Maurice Blackburn is proud to once again be partnering with the Melbourne Writers Festival. We understand ambition. In 1919, our founder Maurice Blackburn started our law firm because he felt everyone deserved access to justice, not just those who could afford it. Over 100 years later his legacy remains at the core of all we do as Australia’s #1 plaintiff law firm. Our scale and impact would not have been foreseen by Maurice in 1919 and while the nature and complexity of the legal issues we face today have changed, we know this continuing work brings dignity and support to those who would otherwise be left behind.

Each client has their own story, whether they’ve been injured at work, on the road, in a public place, or they need assistance with superannuation insurance or a wills and estates matter; we remain by their side supporting and guiding them through the legal system. We’ve also acted in significant social justice cases and led class actions on behalf of people who have experienced mass wrongdoing.

We particularly understand that when you suffer from mental health issues, your life can feel upside down. With over 1000 of the country’s brightest, most compassionate and determined minds, we have the experience to turn these situations around. We hold the powerful to account and give a voice to the voiceless and we’ve only just begun. We have bold ambitions for our next 100 years.”

Are We All Okay? is proudly supported by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers