Webinar | 29.8.2017 | Mediating with diversity of sex, gender and sexuality – taking “inclusion” from theory to practice by Dr Olivia Rundle

Webinar | Mediating with diversity of sex, gender and sexuality – taking “inclusion” from theory to practice by Dr Olivia Rundle

DR professionals work with clients who are of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality. You may never know that a client is trans, gender diverse, intersex and/or a sexuality other than heterosexual and it may never be necessary for you to know this information about the client. On the other hand, it will always be necessary for dispute resolution practitioners to practice in an inclusive way with all clients to welcome, support, avoid alienating, and otherwise provide an effective service to people of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality.

In order to work effectively with clients whose sexuality is other than heterosexual and/or who are gender diverse, it is essential that practitioners have an understanding about the social and legal issues that such clients face. It is also essential for practitioners to reflect upon their own backgrounds and prejudices, and take care not to bring bias into the mediation room. Mediators should be well informed about the available evidence about the wellbeing of diverse families, the way legal frameworks do and don’t apply to clients of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality, and particular opportunities for power-play within relationships that include a trans, gender diverse, intersex and/or non-heterosexual person. Inclusive practice requires an open mind and an open heart – working with clients’ own priorities, experiences, fears and lived realities.

Join Dr Olivia Rundle for this presentation on addressing underlying prejudices of service provision and the law and how to use sensitive and inclusive language when working with trans, gender diverse and/or non-heterosexual clients.

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About Dr Olivia Rundle

Dr Olivia Rundle is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. Her work includes research, teaching and community engagement in family law, dispute resolution, and civil procedure. Dr Rundle practised law until 2000, and has since worked as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a nationally accredited Mediator.

She was awarded the Tasmanian 2013 LEADR Practitioner Award for Significant Contribution to ADR, for her contribution to the professional development of others, particularly acknowledging the contribution made by the book Mediation for Lawyers, co-authored with fellow mediator, Samantha Hardy and published by CCH.

Dr Rundle co-authored with Samantha Hardy and Damien W Riggs the 2016 book Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law, published by Thomson Reuters and co-authored with Samantha Hardy and Damien W Riggs. Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law helps to prepare professionals for working with diversity of individuals, couples and families, by drawing together sociological, psychological and legal literature, legislation and case law to explore the lived experiences of people of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality.

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Event details

Resolution Institute Members $25.00 AUD
Guests $35.00 AUD

Date and time
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM AEST
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM NZST

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About webinars

Webinar recording
If you are unable to attend the event, this session will be recorded and all registered participants will receive access to the recording 5 working days after the event. You will have access to the recording until 31 December 2017.

Delivered via Zoom Webinar.

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This event will contribute 1 hour of CPD under the NMAS and Resolution Institute mediation accreditation schemes.

Conference edition of the ADRJ and Bond Law Review now available

A number of the papers from the September 2016 National Mediation Conference 2016 have been released in the The 2016 NMC Special Issue of the Bond Law Review is now available FREE online:

For your convenience we’ve copied the links below

The Bond Law Review is a refereed journal that publishes articles, comments and notes on the whole spectrum of legal topics and issues. The BLR is published twice each year by the Bond Faculty of Law Review Editorial Committee.The current issue of Bond Law Review is available in hardcopy by subscription. All previous issues of this journal are available on this site.

© Copyright is vested in the Faculty of Law, Bond University, and in each author with respect to his or her contribution.  ISSN 1033-4505 print, ISSN 2202-4824 online

Volume 29, Issue 1 (2017)


PDF  Foreword
Rachael Field, Mieke Brandon, and Pauline Collins

PDF Indigenous Mediation: Is That Different?
Louisa Roughsey, Frank Watt, and Barry Zondag

Book Review

Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal (ADRJ) is also available for purchase see below.

Please also see the advertisement for the special conference edition of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal (ADRJ), which is also available. You will find the relevant information about the authors and their articles as well as how to purchase the special conference edition in the links below:

  1. http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/2017/03/21/adrj-special-issue-contributions-from-the-national-mediation-conference-2016
  2. http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/2017/03/21/australasian-dispute-resolution-journal-update-vol-28-pt-1-special-issue-nmc-2016


Peer Supervision

We would like to start a monthly peer supervision group to help support members in practice.

If there is demand we would be happy to host a group or groups for NMAS Mediators and also for FDR Practitioners.


To provide a no cost opportunity for members to meet via Video Meeting on a regular basic to discuss case work and develop peer networks


Monthly meeting on a regular timeline e.g the 1st Tuesday of the month. Or would you like to arrange for the next meeting each meeting to provide greater flexibility?


Is daytime or evening the best? Do you want to carve time out of your day for peer supervision or is outside normal work hours more likely to work?


  • Do you want a facilitator (they may need to be paid) or have it as a more self-organized series of meetings?
  • Do you want to limit the members and expect a certain level of attendance or allow Mi RMAB members to come in and out as they please.
  • Do you want to open it up to non-members?