Community mediation


The presentation discusses the introduction of a dispute resolution service to the Yarrabah community in Queensland. In reducing the barriers to the use of mainstream legal services, the program aimed to enhance access to justice for Aboriginal communities, particularly women and their families. The program included extensive training of local people. Outcomes have been positive, with other communities now interested in the development of conflict resolution skills.
These are the PowerPoint slides used as the basis of a conference paper presented at the ‘Cultural healing in criminal justice service delivery: an identification of best practice and innovation to inform further service design’: National Indigenous Justice CEO Forum held in Brisbane in 2007. As such, they contain a series of talking points that draw on current research into cultural healing, cultural safety, and the implications of these for the criminal justice system, but they do not provide any weighty analysis or discussion

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