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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    Professor Lyn Littlefield OAM - President

    Lyn has recently retired after 17 years as the Executive Director of the Australian Psychological Society, the peak professional body for psychologists in Australia. Lyn still serves on a number of Federal Government expert advisory and reference groups concerned with health and mental health policy, and service delivery. Lyn was formerly Head of the School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University and Inaugural Director of the Victorian Parenting Centre. She is a clinical psychologist specialising in couple, child, family and group therapy, as well as conflict resolution. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Institute of Management. Lyn has been a Board Member since 1993, was Vice-President from May 2013 and has been President of the RAV Board since October 2014.

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    Mr Peter Gome - Vice-President

    Peter is an experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with an international career spanning over 30 years. He spent the majority of his career at BP with roles in Australia and internationally including the UK. His last roles at BP were as CFO for various business units including exploration and production, and marketing. Subsequently he has held a number of Australian CFO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) roles with mid-tier companies in the oil, transport, printing, construction project management and sports industries. He is currently the CFO of the Pacific Group of Companies involved in retail and commercial property investment and management. Peter blends his strong leadership and finance background with strategy and marketing skills and experience, and has lectured in the Master of Marketing and MBA programs at Monash University. He holds Fellow membership of both the AICD and CPA. He joined the RAV Board in 2009 and chairs the Audit Committee. Peter has been Vice-President since October 2014.

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    Ms Kaye Frankcom

    Kaye is a highly accomplished businesswoman and leader in the health sector. She is an endorsed clinical and counselling psychologist, consultant to the insurance industry, in-demand speaker and trainer, and has held national roles in psychology regulation and professional standards. She has operated a successful group psychology practice in Williamstown, Victoria for 17 years. Kaye is a well-known mentor and supervisor to early career psychologists. She currently operates a consulting company offering business advice and coaching to psychology practices. She was an appointee to the first Psychology Board of Australia. Her current appointments include Independent Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Mental Health (North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network). Kaye is also a member of the YMCA Redress Panel, which is responding to the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Kaye chairs the Clinical Governance Committee. She joined the RAV Board in 2016.

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    Mr Michael Hunt

    Michael has practiced as a mediator for more than 30 years and was instrumental in the setting up of the family mediation system in Australia. During the 1990s, Michael was Director of the Family and Child Mediation Service at RAV. He was CEO of RAV from 2001 until he retired in 2010. He is a former Board member of Family Relationships Services Australia. Michael remains an Accredited Mediator under the National Mediator Standards Board and a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists. Now in semi-retirement, he remains active in the sector, providing consulting services to Bond University’s Dispute Settlements Centre, The College of Law and various not-for-profit organisations. Michael joined the RAV Board in 2018.

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    Ms Kimberly Hunter

    A director of Clancy & Triado, Kimberly completed her Bachelor of Laws at Auckland University. She was admitted to practice in 1989 and decided early on to specialise in family law. During a six-month attachment to the Human Rights Commission, Kimberly researched and prepared a submission on Marital Status Discrimination. After living and working in London for five years, she moved to Australia in 1996 and joined Clancy & Triado. She became an accredited specialist in family law in 1999. An active member of the Law Institute of Victoria, she has served on numerous committees, including the Executive of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Family Law Section, the Children and Youth Issues Committee and the Courts Practice Committee. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the RA lawyers’ panel. She joined the RAV Board in 2011.

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    Ms Debra Goldfinch

    Deb has had an extensive career in the not-for-profit, health and community sectors with a focus on change management and working with people at risk. In Deb’s 20 years as a CEO, she has implemented business restructures and developed corporate strategies to take organisations to their next level. She embraces and succeeds in responding to the challenge of appointing the right people; fostering strong, stable teams; and developing and improving the culture within organisations. Deb has implemented new, innovative programs within the organisations she represents, which continue to thrive and flourish, and positively impact the community. Deb has participated as a member on a number of federal and state committees and boards relevant to the health, community and not-for-profit sectors. In addition to her current role as CEO of Irabina Autism Services, Deb is on the Board of Early Childhood Intervention Australia at the national and state levels. Her extensive experience and expertise includes risk management and good governance. Deb joined the RAV Board in 2013.

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    Mr John Lovell

    John has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, both within Australia and internationally. His experience covers IT projects for the introduction of ATMs and EFT/POS within Australia, pay TV systems, broadband services and other significant IT-related projects. Prior to returning to Australia, John was based in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the IT infrastructure for the Walt Disney Company across Asia Pacific. John is currently working within the education sector, assisting with the integration of IC&T and innovation to effect positive learning outcomes. He joined the RAV Board in 2008.

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    Mr Paul Staindl

    Paul is an accredited lawyer specialising in family law and the Managing Director of Clancy & Triado, with strong knowledge and experience in family law. He has served on many committees in his professional capacity and also on a number of boards in the not-for-profit sector. He has chaired the Executive of the Law Institute Family Law Section and has also served on and chaired the Specialisation Board of the Law Institute for five years. He has published many papers on family law and participated in many seminars to the profession, the community and on radio. Paul chairs the Governance Committee. He joined the RAV Board in 2018.