Our Philosophy and Services

Our Philosophy

The UWA Mediation Clinic is dedicated to providing excellence in the practice, research and teaching of mediation:

Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we tailor our dispute resolution process to your individual circumstances. We are determined to continue to learn as a team, to offer you the best in mediation service. Our ultimate aim is to assist you to resolve your conflict or dispute.

We work continuously to ensure we train our mediators to use an evidence-base to their practice to ensure they provide the process that is most likely to work for you in your situation. We work from a team-based mentalising approach, which means that we are all working to understand the needs of each client and his or her unique experience. It is a main priority within this process to ensure the service encourages future-focused self-determination and promotes harmony.

After meeting with you to formulate an individual plan, clinic staff will approach the other people involved in the conflict or dispute and meet with them to plan for their participation in the mediation process. Staff will then arrange a time that is mutually acceptable to all the parties to conduct the mediation. In some cases, more than one session will be required. Clinic staff will discuss this with you as the need arises and keep you informed at all times.

Our core mission is clear:

We work with our clients on both individual and team-orientated bases. Through this tailored approach, we aim to assist the communities in which we live and work to thrive.

Our Services

The UWA Mediation Clinic offers a tailored mediation service to help people to resolve University, workplace, family, and community conflict.

The UWA Mediation Clinic aims to provide options as to the best way to resolve conflicts. We work with a wide network of national and international specialists including, lawyers, barristers, practitioners and researchers from a variety of professional backgrounds to assist us with this.

The clinic offers free mediation in return for participants consenting to participate in the clinic’s research projects. All information collected is treated with respect and remains confidential.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to assist the UWA Mediation Clinic in its mission to resolve, research, and understand conflict.


AlumniStaff, Students, and Alumni

Universities are unique workplaces. Conflicts can occur between students, staff, supervisors, researchers, professionals, and academic staff.

UWA is proud to offer all UWA staff and students a free mediation service through the Mediation Clinic. The mediation process is an independent and confidential base from which to promote a healthy University environment.

UWA is also proud to offer all UWA alumni a free mediation service through the Mediation Clinic - another example of UWA considering the needs of its alumni. The UWA Mediation Clinic offers assistance for alumni who are experiencing conflict in any aspect of their lives.


FamilyFamilies and Family Violence

Conflict within the family can have detrimental effects on all involved from the youngest children to grandparents and relatives. We offer specialised and legally assisted mediations to assist with financial and property disputes, parenting plans, seniors and elderly conflicts, and blended families.

The UWA Mediation Clinic prides itself on its evidence-based practice. Our services for family disputes is based on a mentalising approach which encourages perspective taking within the family. We work closely with all family members to encourage a plan that aims to minimise future conflict.


Family disputesMembers of the Community

Using mediation to resolve community and neighbourhood disputes can avoid costly and lengthy adversarial processes, and help to restore good neighbourly relationships, and promote harmony within communities.

The UWA Mediation Clinic appreciates that conflict within the community can have a detrimental effect on the wellbeing of all involved. We are open to members of the community, including neighbours, local government and community groups, and can assist with any conflict-related matters, whether they be personal or professional.



WorkplacesFor Workplaces

Conflict within the workplace can affect productivity, creativity and morale.

We work with people involved in workplace conflict to improve their communication and understanding. This can help to resolve the dispute and reduce the prospect for future conflict.

The UWA Mediation Clinic offers those who are experiencing conflict within the workplace an opportunity to resolve the conflict constructively in a safe and confidential environment.

Need help?

The UWA Mediation Clinic is committed to working with you to assist and resolve your disputes so you can thrive in the community in which you live and work. If you have any conflicts or disputes, you can request mediation directly through us.

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