connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support


RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.

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Elder Relationship Services

A counselling and mediation service to support families who need help negotiating the often complex issues related to aging.

About Elder Relationship Services

The Elder Relationship Service is a new counselling and mediation support service to assist older people and their families to:

  • prevent or resolve family conflict;
  • have difficult conversations;
  • plan for the future (including medical, health, financial or living arrangements);
  • resolve differences in ways that improve their relationships; and 
  • make decisions that protect the interests, rights and safety of families.

You can attend the service on your own, with your partner, as a family, or your children or parent(s) can come by themselves. Attending the Elder Relationship Service is voluntary and confidential.
The decisions you make are not legally binding. If you would like to put your agreements in writing, your practitioner can assist you.

How long is a session?

A session will last for a minimum of one hour; however, each situation is unique and we will tailor a solution to fit your circumstances.
Where more than one person is involved, the practitioner may also wish to see each person separately.

How many sessions do I attend?

Some issues are resolved in one or two sessions, others may take longer, depending on the complexity of your issues.

How much will it cost?

We are a not-for-profit community organisation and our services are subsidised by the Federal Government. We try to make our services as affordable as possible. Fees are determined by your local organistion, based on your income. When you make a booking, we will advise you of the fees payable.

Our staff

Our counsellors and mediators have professional qualifications and experience in social work, psychology, mediation, law and/or counselling.
Staff providing elder relationship services receive professional supervision and on going training. They have been trained in elder mediation and counselling.

The Elder Relationships Services Trial

Relationships Australia will provide Elder Relationship Services for a twelve month trial period from 1 January 2016. It will be offered in six locations: Canberra and Region, ACT; Wagga Wagga, NSW; Kew, VIC; Adelaide, SA; Moreton Bay, QLD; and Launceston, TAS.

The trial will:

  • offer mediation and counselling services to people with ageing-related family relationship issues in six locations;
  • assess the likely ongoing demand for elder relationship services; 
  • identify referral pathways; 
  • identify strategies for working with elder advocacy groups and aged-care services to improve outcomes for people using the elder relationship service; and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the service in improving family communication, resolving conflict and supporting people with age related family relationship issues.

The trial will be evaluated by Relationships Australia.

About Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia has been a leading provider of relationship support services for more than 60 years. We operate from 110 centres nationwide. For more information on the Relationships Australia services in other states and territories, visit www.relationships.org.au.

Making an appointment

No referral is required, but waiting times for an appointment can vary according to the current level of demand and your availability.

How to contact us

To find out more please call us on the numbers below. 

Kew VIC - (03) 9261 8700
Canberra ACT - (02) 6122 7100
Wagga Wagga NSW - (02) 6923 9100
Adelaide SA - (08) 8223 4566
Launceston TAS - 1300 364 277
Moreton Bay QLD - (07) 3423 6962

More information

Download a copy of our Elder Relationship Services brochure.
Read the media release on the launch of this service.