Associate Professor Dr Dale Bagshaw.  BA, Dip Soc Stud, M Soc Admin, PhD, Cert.EM. (Advanced)

Dale is the Chair of EMAN, an Advanced Certified Elder Mediator with the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) and an adjunct Associate Professor, Justice and Society, University of South Australia. She was previously a Head of the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Program Director for the Masters/Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and the Doctor of Human Service Research, and Director of the Centre for Peace, Conflict and Mediation (1973-2009). In 2007, she led the research team that wrote the first South Australian Government’s ‘Strategy to Prevent the Abuse of Older South Australians 2007-2014’ and is an ongoing member of the Steering Committee, Office for the Ageing, Department for Health and Ageing Well which reviewed the plan and produce the report – ‘Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians 2014-2021’. The Steering Committee oversees the implementation of the new elder abuse prevention plan and advises on other matters to do with elder abuse, including legislation.

Dale has led many research teams at a national and international level, including those focused on gender, domestic and family violence, family law, elder abuse and elder mediation, has published the findings of her research in peer reviewed journals and books and presented many papers on the topics at national and international conferences. Her most recent research was funded by an ARC-Linkage grant and the SA Office for Ageing Well, with in-kind contributions from 5 partner agencies and focused on the use of older-person-centred mediation as a strategy to prevent the financial abuse of older people by their family members. Dale convened the 6th World Summit of Mediation with Age-Related Issues in Adelaide in 2013, is the Chair of the Elder Mediation Australasian Network (EMAN), which she developed post-Summit, and has developed and maintains a comprehensive resource-rich website for elder mediators, older people and their families. She is a member of the International Board and Certification Committee of the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) and has worked with the latter committee to develop international certification standards for elder mediators relevant to Australasia. In April 2015, she developed and delivered the first comprehensive training program for elder mediators from Australia and New Zealand and has continued to give presentations and run workshops, including for Relationships Australia and the Resolution Institute (Australia and NZ). Dale has been a consultant with the South Australian Office for the Public Advocate and Catalyst (previously the Seniors Information Service) and is an elder mediator in private practice. Dale practices as an elder mediator and also provides on-line (using Zoom) and face-to-face elder mediation training for accredited mediators.

In 2013, Dale was awarded the Sherren Leadership Award by the Elder Mediation International Network for her ‘contributions to the global advancement of mediation with age-related issues’. In 2014, she received the LEADR Michael Klug Award for her ‘innovation and leadership in the field of dispute resolution’; and in 2015 the Resolution Institute’s Practitioner Award for her ‘contribution to the development of others in DR’. In 2019 she received the Association for Conflict Resolution’s John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award, presented annually by the Association for Conflict Resolution to a ‘prominent and internationally recognized leader in mediation who demonstrates personal and professional commitment to finding mediation solutions to conflict.

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