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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    Dr Andrew Bickerdike - Chief Executive Officer

    Dr Andrew Bickerdike is CEO of Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) and Chair of Relationships Australia National.

    He holds tertiary qualifications in both economics and psychology, and a Doctorate in dispute resolution. Andrew has experience and specialist training in individual, marital and family therapy, and family dispute resolution, and has practiced as a mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner for over 20 years. He is a former member of NADRAC (National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council). 

    Andrew has a particular interest in research and evaluation and has initiated and implemented many research projects examining the efficacy of family services programs, including counselling, mediation and family violence prevention services. He is an Industry Partner in three current large Australian Research Council Linkage research projects. Collectively these research activities have attracted national and international interest and have influenced the design of models of practice.

    Andrew holds positions on various Boards and advisory bodies including:

    - Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Studies

    - Member of the National Advisory Board of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

    - Member of the Civil Justice Evidence Base Working Group

    - Member of the Subject Matter Expert Group for the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council – Family Services 

    - Foundation Board member of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

    - Chair of Relationships Australia National Research Network

    - Chair of Relationships Australia National FDR Network

    - Foundation member of the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (ADRAC)

    - Board member of the Mediation Standards Board.

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    Shiranthi Sivarajah - Chief Financial Officer

    Shiranthi Sivarajah is the Chief Financial Officer of Relationships Australia Victoria and has responsibility for the sound and proactive stewardship of the organisation’s finance, long-term sustainability and business management. She is responsible for the leadership of the corporate services areas of Information Communication and Technology, administration, assets and property management, executive support and business contract compliance.

    Having more than 15 years’ experience in financial and operational management within the private and community-based not-for-profit sector, Shiranthi provides a commercial focus with the ability to streamline business operations that drive growth, sustainability, increase efficiency and bottom-line surplus. Shiranthi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with majors in Accounting and Business Law, and is a member of both AICD and CPA.

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    Anastasia Panayiotidis - General Manager Clinical Services

    Anastasia Panayiotidis is the General Manager of Clinical Services at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). She has over 20 years’ experience as a clinician, with a background in psychology, family therapy and clinical hypnotherapy.  She is passionate about systemic practice which informs and empowers people, and practice standards which are of the highest clinical standards, ethical and humanitarian, helping to keep children and families safe, and to make a difference to our society.

    Anastasia has worked both in private practice as a consultant and clinician, and in government. She has taught in Masters programs in family therapy, counselling, psychotherapy, ethics, research methods, psychology and social work, at La Trobe University and Monash University, both in Melbourne, and in Hong Kong and Singapore. Anastasia’s specialised research interests are in medical research ethics, trauma and the impact of trauma on people’s lives, having conducted post-graduate research on the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on couples and families.

    Anastasia has been the Vice-Chairperson of the Human Research Committee at Austin Health for seven years, having previously sat on the Human Research Ethics Committee as a counselling expert for seven years. She is passionate about multiculturalism and encouraging diversity in our society, and is committed to community service, having Chaired the Board of Directors at Pronia, a leading ethno-specific agency providing community services to Victoria’s Greek speaking community.  Anastasia has served on the Board of the Institute of Social Neuroscience.

    She has over two decades of clinical, teaching, leadership and governance experience, overseeing clinical governance and the strategic direction of the clinical and community programs at RAV, based on respectful relationships, care and compassion, innovation, and research and evaluation.

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    Michael Muldoon - General Manager Operations

    Michael is currently the General Manager Operations, having joined Relationships Australia Victoria in 2008 as manager of the Kew Centre, before becoming Senior Manager Family Service Program (FSP) Operations.

    Michael has 30 years’ experience in a variety of non-government organisations and in local government, making a difference in the lives young people and their families. He has worked with the homeless, refugees and offenders, and at-risk young people as well as young people from private schools in Melbourne. He holds tertiary qualifications in counselling and business administration and for the last 15 years managed a variety of human services programs.

    Michael served for nine years on the Board of a community organisation that delivered material aid, employment and counselling services. He has previously served as a Board member of No to Violence, the Victorian state-wide peak body of organisations and individuals working with men to end their violence and abuse against family members.