Projects currently in progress

Aditi Lohan and Jelena Milic manage this national study which aims to measure the use and the outcomes of FDR in terms of reaching agreement in parenting and/or property disputes, maintaining positive arrangements over time, and the wellbeing of clients and their families.

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Aditi Lohan and Jelena Milic manage this national study which aims to measure the use and the outcomes of FDR in terms of reaching agreement in parenting and/or property disputes, maintaining positive arrangements over time, and the wellbeing of clients and their families.

This information will be used to increase our understanding of client needs, and to improve our service.

This study was initiated by the RA National Research Network and is conducted in collaboration with RA Victoria.

This study is longitudinal in design, and asks questions of FDR clients about issues for resolution, adjustment to separation, client well-being, child adjustment, co-parenting conflict and child exposure to conflict. It employs a mixed-method design with quantitative survey data being collected at three time points:

  • at intake
  • 3 months post-intake 
  • 12 months post-intake.

Semi-structured qualitative interviews are conducted with a sample of ~50 participants each at 3 months and 12 months follow-up. Nationally, over 1,700 participants have been recruited to this study.

RA Queensland is taking the lead on examining parent and child mediation outcomes, while RA Victoria is taking a lead on investigating the outcomes of property mediation.

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Jelena Milic manages this study which aims to test the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI) at the client’s first point of contact with the Gambling Help Service (GHS).

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Jelena Milic manages this study which aims to test the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI) at the client’s first point of contact with the Gambling Help Service (GHS).

This study is longitudinal in design, assessing the outcomes of the MI intervention on clients’ problem gambling, psychological distress, quality of life, and relationship, social and work functioning, barriers to accessing the service and client satisfaction with the service. Participant data is collected at five time points:

  • at first call to the GHS
  • 1-2 weeks
  • 6-8 weeks
  • 6 months
  • 18 months after the client’s first call to the GHS.

Participant recruitment for this study was completed through the GHS and data collection for the final time point is currently in progress.

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Riyad Rahimullah is investigating barriers clients experience when using RAQ services, either as new clients or existing clients.

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Riyad Rahimullah is investigating barriers clients experience when using RAQ services, either as new clients or existing clients.

A survey was administered to existing and potential clients (those who visited Relationship Australia’s website) examining several factors that potentially underlie clients’ engagement with the service and cessation of counselling.

These include problem severity, perception of stigma-related to therapy, depression, anxiety, stress, mental illness, social support, various types of client motivation, client-therapist alliance, readiness for change and various types of barriers to treatment including personal stressors/obstacles and service-related barriers.

This research will assist in informing strategies to improve client retention and outcomes by addressing concurrent client-issues, which also warrants a practitioner’s attention and consideration when handling a client’s case.

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RAQ is an agency partner on this research study being led by Central Queensland University, the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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RAQ is an agency partner on this research study being led by Central Queensland University, the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

The aim of this study is to understand the nature of the relationship between gambling and domestic violence. It is funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, and its findings will help to improve system responses to these issues.

The study's scope includes women’s experiences of DV linked to a male partner’s gambling, women’s experiences of DV linked to their own gambling, the role of gambling in a male partner’s financial abuse of women, the use of gambling venues as “safe spaces” for women experiencing DV, and experiences of male perpetrators of gambling-related DV against women.

The first phase of this study involved interviews with practitioners in DV, financial counselling, gambling help and other relevant allied services representatives (e.g. outreach, refuges) across Australia who have experience with clients of gambling-related DV and/or DV-related gambling.

Practitioner interviews have now been completed and recruitment of clients with lived experiences of gambling-related DV and/ or DV-related gambling is currently in progress.

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Riyad is currently working on the development and validation of a shortened version of Robert Emery’s 25-item Acrimony Scale.

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Riyad is working on the development and validation of a shortened version of Robert Emery’s 25-item Acrimony Scale.

The Acrimony Scale measures conflict over visitation, child custody, child support, and conflict between separating parents.

Measuring acrimony is important as it predicts engagement and success of family dispute resolution sessions. It also predicts parental and child maladjustment.

A better understanding of the level of inter-parental acrimony may help mediators manage mediation sessions more effectively and also address adjustment concerns. The length of the current scale presents challenges in its use in routine service delivery settings. Hence, in an effort to minimise client burden and address challenges with the implementation, a shorter version of the Acrimony Scale is being developed.

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