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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    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 practices over her 30+ year career. 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), NED on the Osteopathy Australia Board. 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 Ronda Jacobs

    Ronda is CEO of Carrington Health and healthAbility community health services. Previously, she has held the roles of Managing Director Australia and South East Asia for Catalent Pharma Solutions, as well as General Manager Australia and South East Asia, and Director Business Development for Cardinal Health (Catalent). Ronda has broad strategic, leadership, marketing and financial credentials and a strong background in Board governance and compliance. She is passionately committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Australian families, with a reputation as an energetic, innovative and strategic thinker in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has considerable Board experience, including with the Family Access Network, Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, TRY Australia, the Regulatory Policy Committee of the Australian Self Medication Industry and Inner East Primary Care Partnership. Ronda was a member of the RAV Board from 2005 to 2013. She re-joined the Board in 2018.

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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 has also worked 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 Michael Shaw

    Michael is a Managing Director at BlueMount Capital Group, and Executive Chairman of BlueMount Capital (Beijing) Co, Ltd. BlueMount Capital is the leading mid-tier investment banking and corporate advisory firm in Australia. Michael has extensive knowledge of both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. He specialises in assisting mid-tier, growth-oriented private businesses to move through all phases of their life cycle, including creation, growth, transitioning and exit. He is highly experienced across several industry sectors and also in cross border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, international public offerings, divestments and private capital placements. Michael has 30 years’ Board experience with 10 organisations, including serving as a member of a key Australian Psychological Society Board Committee for 19 years, of the Relationships Australia National Board for 10 years including as President for four years, and as Executive Chair of Australia's leading healthcare and pharmaceutical recruitment, contract sales and marketing firms. Michael was a member of the RAV Board from 1990 until 2015, before re-joining the RAV Board in 2018.

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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.