Diverting indigenous families: from care protection system to family law system
24 October 2017
Tuesday, 24 October
Join the NSW Chapter Family Special Interest Group and His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM to discuss how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families may be diverted from care protection system to family law system. Judge Myers will address three key topics:
- Assisting indigenous families
- Issues regarding kinship care
- Engaging with families where parents are at risk
Judge Myers was actively involved in developing the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which outlines practical measures to provide indigenous clients with better access to justice and the family law system through tailored services and procedures.
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About the speaker
His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM was appointed Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in 2011. He was appointed as lead Commissioner to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into the Incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in February 2017. Judge Myers is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Applied Law (Family Law) from the College of Law and a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution from Bond University.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Myers undertook work as a Notary Public, Accredited Collaborative Family Lawyer and as an Accredited Family Law Specialist with separate accreditation in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Judge Myers had additionally worked in the area of family law mediation both as a Nationally Accredited Mediator and as an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with CentreCare and Legal Aid New South Wales. From 1999 to 2010 Judge Myers was a member of the New South Wales Community Aid Panel.
Judge Myers was awarded the NSW Law Society President’s medal in 2011 and received the award of Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2013 for services to the community in the area of welfare and family law.