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What is the Future of Elder Mediation in Australia?

I recently had the privilege of listening to Dr Anita Frayman speak about the Future of Elder Mediation. Her discussion of decision-making, conflict and problem solving around the care of elder family members resonated for me both professionally and personally. Care of my elderly dad has been very topical in my extended family over the past year. As Dad struggled with illness, operations, medical interventions, falls, maintaining independence and increasing frailty – notwithstanding strong soundness of mind – so did his family struggle. Finally Dad resolved it for us by deciding he needed more help than he could manage at home – at a time of his own choosing. Anita’s description of familie

Why is Child Inclusion so Important In Family Law Mediation?

Much of the changes in family law and related legislation in Australia over the past generation to increase the rights of children, owes its advent in part to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a child inclusive practitioner, I draw inspiration from Article 12 of the Convention. In simplified terms, Article 12 states: Children have a right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account Whenever I introduce the process to children I tell them that their parents /carers have asked me to talk to them about decisions the adults may be about to make, and because it is about the childre

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