8th to 12th November 2021

Australian Mediation Awareness Week

Culture and Dispute Resolution

2021 Coordinators and Executive Administrative Team

Joanne Law

Joanne Law

Co-founder of Interact Support and Director of Mediation Institute

Joanne is the Australian Coordinator, Organiser, and Host Master for the International Mediation Awareness Week.

She will also be hosting sessions and coordinating the event.

 

Lee Lee

Lee Lee

Dispute Resolution Specialist | FDRP | NMAS | Trainer & Assessor | Course Developer & Coordinator | Conflict Coach (REAL) | MCMR & MBA | CSO Interact Support | Director of iDRstart

Lee is the Australian Regional Coordinator and Host Master for the International Mediation Awareness Week in the Australia region, assisting with the coordination of the event.

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Feeby Fong

Accredited Mediator | Post-Separation Parenting Coach (NWFF) | COO Interact Support | BBiotech (Hons IA) | Managing Director iDRstart

Feeby is the Australian Regional Coordinator, Organiser, and Host Master for the International Mediation Awareness Week in the Australia region, assisting with the coordination of the event.

 

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Fiona Johnson

Lawyer | Mediator | LLM LLB BA (Politics major)

Fiona is the lead Executive Administrative Team member for the International Mediation Awareness Week in the Australia region, assisting with the administrative particulars of the event.

2021 Presenters

Venita Dimos

Venita Dimos

Lawyer | Accredited Mediator | Conflict Dynamics Practitioner | FDRP | Professional Coach | Founder & Director of The Mediation Company Pty Ltd

Venita is a recognised specialist and thought leader in conflict management and communication. She has trained in Conflict Dynamics Profiling, CINERGY Conflict Management, Brain Based Conversation Skills, Brain-Based Coaching, High Conflict Institute New Ways for Families and Accelerated Rapid Results Coaching

Vesna Flower Cvjeticanin

Vesna Flower Cvjeticanin

Accredited Mediator | Lawyer | NAATI Certified Interpreter (Serbian-Eng) | Dip CS

Vesna’s rich cross-professional expertise and skill, coupled with lived experience, places her in a unique position, enabling her to deliver services with a deep insight into multi-cultural and multi-dimensional aspect of each of her practice areas.

In her mediation practice, Vesna focuses on the area of Elder Mediation in Ethnic Communities, where she sees a growing need for a carefully and knowledgeably tailored mediation service delivery.

Vesna will be presenting: 

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Fiona Kirkman

Family Lawyer | FDRP | FamilyProperty Legal Tech owner

Fiona will be facilitating a Mock Mediation using the legal tech developed by her team, FamilyProperty.

She will also be presenting a Webinar explaining the benefits of using software to manage end to end collaboration between FDR Practitioners and Lawyers in Family Law.

Fiona will be co-presenting:

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Emma Erlach

Lawyer | LegalTech Innovator | Head of Product for Smokeball Australia

Emma Erlach  has worked closely with Family Law practitioners in Australia, to identify how technology can improve dispute resolution processes. 

Emma will be co-presenting:

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Anna Faoagali

BA Law, BA Com, MA Laws | Accredited Mediator (FDRP Australia and PNG) | Director of Emverio

Anna has 20+ years working with people in conflict across Australia and the Pacific region.  She has co-facilitated training in Australia, Hong Kong, PNG and Samoa. She is the Director (and founder) of Emverio Workplace Solutions. A National (Australian) company committed to providing expert guidance and interventions to support healthy workplace relationships.  

Anna will be presenting: 

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Jessica Kastoun

Lawyer | Mediator & FDRP | Consultant | Government and Public Service Specialty | Jessica Adele Consulting Services

Jessica Adele Consulting Services is committed to empowering her clients – people, families, communities, and Governments – to find practical solutions to their grievances and problems through providing services across the spectrum of dispute resolution, legal and policy work, project work, regulation, and reform.

Jessica will be presenting:

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Josephine Byrnes-Luna

Registered Professional Counsellor | Nationally Accredited Mediator | FDRP | Professional Supervision

She is the owner of Achieving Solutions Counselling and Mediation Services – Est 2007. She works in a number of areas of both counselling and mediation, including Family Therapy and Counselling, Collaborative Law – Family Law – Parenting Plans, Personal – Professional – Relationships, Childhood Development and Parenting, Careers – Planning – Advice – Transition – Students and Professional Supervision

Josephine will be presenting:

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Darren Mort

Accredited Mediator & Arbitrator | Bachelor of Science and Laws

Darren has been a specialist Barrister in the Family Court for over 30 years. He is also an Author, Producer, Actor and founded a Children’s charity, TO BE LOVED NETWORK LIMITED.

Darren also sits on the Board of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (Aust Chapter).

Darren recently produced an acclaimed film, TOMMY, illustrating these issues. The film has been used worldwide as a teaching tool with associated discussion papers.

Darren will be presenting:

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Claire Holland

Director and Lecturer in CMR Program at JCU | NMAS Accredited Mediator | Certified Conflict Coach (CCI) | MMCR (UQ) | LLB & BEc

Claire Holland is the Course Coordinator of the James Cook University Conflict Management and Resolution Program. She also works as a mediator for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), a facilitator for Scope Global and has a consultancy practice, Conflict Resolutions. Claire is also a PhD Candidate.

Claire will be co-presenting:

Robert Tilbrooke

FDRP | Conflict Coach | MCMR

Robert (Bob) has been supporting parents through separation for the past 9.5 years with a major organisation. Bob commenced private practice in 2017 in family mediation and consultation, he is also trained in various models of conflict coaching. Bob has gained much experience in parental group facilitation and education which provides additional ongoing support for parents to focus on their children.

Bob will be co-presenting:

Ken Speakman

NMAS Accredited Mediator | FDRP | Director of Applied Learning (Mediation Institute)

Ken’s passion is helping couples in conflict by facilitating couples to re-open lines of communication calmly and to respectfully rebuild their relationship.

Ken will be presenting: 

Cynthia Brooking

Cynthia Brooking

NMAS Accredited Mediator | FDRP | Course Coordinator (Mediation Institute) | Brooking Mediation

Cynthia’s approaches to mediation span faciliative, transformative and high conflict when working with her clients based on their specific needs. 

Cynthia will be presenting: 

Haley Walsh-Clarke

Quals

Lived experience as a Young Person in Out of Home Care; Work Experience as an Aboriginal and Migrant and Refugee Support Worker for NGO and Caseworker for NSW Government Child Protection; Currently Aboriginal Family Consultant and Family Group Conference Facilitator for One Future Family Services.

Haley will be presenting:

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Cheryl Bryan

Accredited Mediator | FDRP | Child Protection Conference Convenor

Cheryl has twenty years of progressive experience in the ADR field and holds National Mediator Accreditation.  Her professional history covers a variety of mediator roles across a number of government departments in regional Queensland.  Her practice includes mediations in commercial and business disputes, child protection and family matters, as well as workplace and community disputes.  

Cheryl will be will be co-presenting:

Simon Howden

MCMR | NMAS Accredited | FDRP | Conflict Coach (REAL) | Restorative Justice (Group Conferencing) | Behavioural Analyst |

Simon has over 20 years of extensive and diverse facilitation and conflict resolution experience, ranging from facilitating international board of directors/executives, high conflict and domestic violence conditions within Family Law, workplace Group Conferencing, conciliating for the Victorian Justice Department, through to individual conflict coaching. 

Simon will be will be co-presenting:

Anne-Marie Cade

Anne-Marie Cade

2020 Churchill Fellow | NMAS Mediator | Conflict Resolution Specialist | Parenting Coordinator | Certified Practitioner of NLP | Lawyer | Councillor - Glen Eira

Anne-Marie runs her own boutique mediation and coaching practice where she works with clients going through divorce and separation. She also  works as a corporate trainer to help leaders and their teams in workplaces manage conflict and learn effective communication skills. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2020 to research Parenting Co-ordination overseas.

Anne-Marie will be presenting:

Julia Barling

Family Lawyer | FDRP | Barling Mediation

Julia Barling is an experienced family lawyer. She brings this experience to her current practice as a mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner at Barling Mediation.

Julia will be presenting:

Nicola Hartfield

Fellow of AMINZ and Resolution Institute | Accredited Mediator

Nicola is a Fellow of both the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of NZ (AMINZ) and Resolution Institute. She is NMAS accredited. Nicola specialises in training and mediating family and workplace disputes.

Nicola will be co-presenting: 

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Ian Macduff

Director of the NZ Centre for ICT Law | Fellow of International Council for Online Dispute Resolution

Ian is Director of the NZ Centre for ICT Law, Auckland University; member of Resolution Institute; founding Fellow of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution; formerly Faculty of Law at Singapore Management University and Victoria University of Wellington.

Ian will be co-presenting:

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Margo Orbell

FDRP | Family Law Pathways Network Coordinator (Great Bris) | Olive Branch Mediation

Margo has a keen interest in family law, especially in a collaborative approach where people are enabled to self-determine their way through separation where possible. Margo holds a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Justice (Intelligence) along with other degrees and qualifications, including child inclusive mediation and elder mediation.

Margo will be presenting:

Ros Lockley

NMAS Mediator | Dispute Assessment Officer | Trainer | Assessor | Conflict Coach

Ros has been a neighbourhood dispute resolution practitioner with Conflict Resolution Service for over five years including training and coaching new mediators. She uses various conflict resolution skills including mediation, assisted settlement and conflict coaching.

Ros Lockely will be presenting:

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Laura Daley

BA (Comms) LLB| Grad Dip Legal Practice | Mediator

Laura has professional qualifications in communications and law and is an accredited mediator. Laura is driven to contribute to causes bigger than herself, and advocates for those who slip between the cracks. Laura has worked with communities to make change in both regional Australia and abroad, and has a personal interest in disability advocacy and Aboriginal affairs.

Laura will be presenting:

Janis Bull

Janis Bull

FDRP | NMAS | BS W | Founder & Director of Bendigo Mediation

Janis’ aim is to assist those affected by a dispute by reaching solutions quickly, minimising the emotional and financial strain that conflict can cause.   Janis has worked in private practice as a Mental Health Social Worker for over 10 years.  Her knowledge and wisdom assists with her ability to listen, acknowledge and respond to people’s experiences in an emphatic, understanding and non-judgemental way. 

Janice will be presenting:

Eve Clare

Certified Family Group Conferencing Facilitator | NMAS Accredited Professional Mediator | Accredited FDRP

Eve is the course developer and lead trainer for the Mediation Institute for Family Group Conferencing. Eve commenced facilitating Family Group Conferencing (FGC) in the NSW pilot program across regional Australia in 2011.

Eve will be facilitating: 

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Jess Wolski

Bachelor of Laws | GDLP | GDFDRP | FDRP | Masters in Applied Law (Family Law)

Jess is a former family lawyer, having practiced for 7 years at a Canberra based law firm prior to joining Conflict Resolution Service. She is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Attorney General’s Department and trained in collaborative law practice. Jess is acutely aware of the damage conflict can cause within relationships which has resulted in her change in career pathway as she advocates for early intervention and restorative practices.

Jess will be presenting:

2021 Hosts & Meet the Mediators

Joanne Law

Joanne Law

NMAS Mediator | FDR Practitioner | Coach | Mentor

Joanne Law is the Australian Host for the International Mediation Awareness Week and director of Mediation Institute, a specialist Dispute Resolution Training and Membership company, Mediation Institute. 

 

She is co-founder of Interact Support, an online dispute resolution not-for-profit organisation that provides services throughout Australia.  Joanne is passionate about the benefits of dispute resolution in reducing conflict, abuse and violence.

 

Joanne is a Host Master and will be hosting a variety of events throughout the IMAW week

Meet Joanne:

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Feeby Fong

Accredited Mediator | COO Interact Support | BBiotech (Hons IA) | Managing Director iDRstart

Feeby is the Australian Regional Coordinator, Organiser, and Host Master for the International Mediation Awareness Week in the Australia region, assisting with the coordination of the event.

Feeby is also a Managing Director at iDRstart (Company providing a range of Dispute Resolution Services) and works tirelessly to support the dispute resolution industry coordinating International Mediation Awareness Week and Interact Support.

Feeby is also a Host Master and will be hosting a variety of events throughout the IMAW week alongside Joanne.

 

Lee Lee

Lee Lee

Dispute Resolution Specialist | FDRP | NMAS | Trainer & Assessor | Course Developer & Coordinator | Conflict Coach (REAL) | MCMR & MBA | CSO Interact Support | Director of iDRstart

Lee is the Australian Regional Coordinator and Host Master for the International Mediation Awareness Week in the Australia region, assisting with the coordination of the event.

Lee is also the Director and Principal Dispute Resolution Specialist at iDRstart (Company providing a range of Dispute Resolution Services) and works tirelessly to support the dispute resolution industry coordinating International Mediation Awareness Week and Interact Support.

Lee is also a Host Master alongside Joanne and Feeby and will be the MC for Panel Discussion – The Importance of Developing a Diverse Mediator’s Skills Set 

Amanda Hickey

Amanda Hickey

NMAS | FDRP | Lawyer

Amanda is a lawyer who mostly works as a mediator with a particular passion for restorative justice processes and transformational mediation. Amanda mediates private mediations as well as part of government and tribunal processes.

Meet Amanda: 

Tamara Orth

Tamara Orth

NMAS | PhD Candidate (ICU) | Data Scientist 

Tamara Orth is NMAS Mediator, with a background in health care, elderly care, IT and Law. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Ethics and Machine Learning in the ICU and works as a Data Scientist. Tamara is passionate about interdisciplinary work, mediation for students, volunteers and small teams.

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Daniela Ion

Lawyer | Immigration Cosultant | MFL(FDR)

Daniela is a Lawyer and Immigration Consultant and runs her own business. She has completed a Masters in Family Law (majoring in Family Dispute Resolution) at the College of Law. She is currently in the process of becoming an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Anna Hanson

Anna Hanson

Solicitor (Supreme Court of NSW) | FDRP | GDLS | MAL(FDR&FL)

Anna is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. She has undertaken post graduate studies and holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and Masters in Applied Law majoring in FDR and Family Law. Anna strives to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients, both in and out of court. 

Meet Anna:

Tracey Wheat

Tracey Wheat

NMAS | FDRP | Business Management

15 years working in small business management. She has experience in restorative justice, workplace, community and family law matters. Based in the North-West of WA, her focus is on early intervention and prevention of conflict escalation in remote locations.

Linda Ryle

Linda Ryle

NMAS | First Nations Lawyer | Academic | Business Risk Strategist

Ms Linda M. Ryle is a Kamilaroi (Cam mill a roy) and Birrigubba ( Birri gubba) woman, a Nationally Accredited Mediator (specialising in First Nation’s decision making, values alignments and conflict resolution). Linda is an Academic and primary architect of Blak Ethics and Culturally Principled Practice (current research).  Linda is the Executive Director of CALM – Cultural Advocacy & Legal Mediation.

Meet Linda:

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Craig Anderson

NMAS

Craig has 40 years experience in resolving conflict within various national, state and local roles and he fulfilled in church, Police Chaplaincy and business. He is focussed recently on mediations in the workplace, business and faith based mediations.

Nicole Davidson

Nicole Davidson

NMAS Mediator | Specialist Commercial Mediator

Nicole Davidson is a specialist commercial mediator and also a negotiation advisor and trainer.  She holds NMAS accreditation and has trained at Monash University and Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation.

Meet Nicole: 

Haley Walsh-Clarke

Quals

Lived experience as a Young Person in Out of Home Care; Work Experience as an Aboriginal and Migrant and Refugee Support Worker for NGO and Caseworker for NSW Government Child Protection; Currently Aboriginal Family Consultant and Family Group Conference Facilitator for One Future Family Services.

Haley will be presenting:

2021 Other Support & Volunteers

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers for AuMAW, it would not have been possible without everyone’s hardwork and efforts. 

Special thanks to our volunteers who helped with role playing for mock mediations, meet the mediators session, backend support:
Rebecca Evans, Linda Onyeka, Therese Aroyan, Beth Barclay, Alison Kennedy, Jo-anne McNamara and everyone else who have contributed to this event!

BIG Thank you to all our lovely people!!!