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Social Impact at MinterEllison

Leading legal and professional services firm, MinterEllison, takes great pride in dedicating its collective skills, time and resources to breaking cycles of disadvantage in the community. This includes addressing the causes and effects of poverty and other forms of distress in Australia and beyond. The firm seeks to engage its entire workforce in its community work through a mix of giving programs and pro bono opportunities – and at the heart of every community initiative is a spirit of purpose and partnership.

MinterEllison and Butterfly Foundation

This spirit of partnership is something we truly value here at the Butterfly Foundation. MinterEllison's continued support and pro bono legal assistance on a broad range of organisational matters has enabled us to confidently expand the reach and range of services we are able to provide to those living with an eating disorder across Australia.

endED Butterfly House

MinterEllison has provided invaluable legal support on our joint venture with endED to deliver Australia’s first national residential eating disorder treatment facility. EndED Butterfly House on the Sunshine Coast is a unique residential care facility for eating disorders, incorporating Butterfly’s treatment philosophy and holistic approach. MinterEllison advised pro bono on all aspects of the joint venture.

Mental Health & Wellbeing at MinterEllison

MinterEllison believes good mental health and wellbeing are the cornerstone of satisfying and rewarding professional lives. The firm is committed to the health and wellbeing of its people and the community, and has worked actively over many years to foster a workplace that supports all of its people, at all stages of their careers.

2018 UWA 'Looking Beyond the Mirror' study

The legal profession has undertaken substantial work over the last decade following the ground breaking work of Professor Ian Hickie at the University of Sydney's Brain & Mind Institute in his 'Courting the Blues' Report. The report marked a turning point in the profession's response to mental health issues, and MinterEllison is proud to have in place a robust health and wellbeing program that supports workplace health and enables its people to thrive.   

In 2018, MinterEllison also recognised University of Western Australia's "Looking Beyond the Mirror" study that indicated a positive association between distress, maladaptive eating habits and weight and shape concerns in Australian legal professionals and law students. The firm has developed a number of resources for its people to build skills and awareness around mental health and healthy eating, resilience and supporting one another at work.

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Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  


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Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  


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Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

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