Perth Community Event

"Parental Separation"

A night of discussions on the legal, financial and health challenges associated with parental separation. The focus will be on solutions and how the local community and attendee's can help make a real difference on the ground in Western Australia. Why? Because family breakdown is the main cause of suicide in Australia and it can and needs to be addressed.


31st Oct 2019

Halloween night


Free of charge but we ask you make a donation $5 or more to cover our costs.

Donations can be made online here or in cash on the night.

Booking your seats

Seats are limited and must be booked online by clicking here and completing the form.

You will receive an email confirmation which you can show at the entrance on the night to gain admission.

Anyone attending without a prior booking may be refused entry.

What's this about?

Family breakdown / parental separation is a challenge for all parties, not least the children.

Issues include legal, financial and mental health challenges.

To celebrate 'Dads in Distress' 20th anniversary, we've assembled experts to speak at this free community event.

The focus will be on solutions that exist and how attendee's and the wider Perth community can make a difference.


Hellenic Club, 75 Stirling St, Perth WA

Limited meter parking out front. 10 mins walk from McIver Train Station.

We are grateful for the support provided by the Hellenic Club in hosting this event.

Who's this for?

This is a mixed audience event aimed at both private individuals and professionals.

Typical private attendees:

  • Those who've experienced family breakdown and loss of contact with children.
  • Individuals interested in volunteering, in particularly in supporting separating parents and preventing suicide

Typical professional attendees:

  • Legal: Barristers, lawyers, judiciary, law enforcement
  • Medical: Mental Health, mediation, psychologists, therapists and GP's
  • Family support: Social workers, charity volunteers
  • Financial: Financial advisors

Who's speaking?

Russell Goodrick (MC, 7.00pm - 10.00pm)

Former Channel 9 News Anchor and 1984 Logie Award winner. Maker of documentaries. Russell is known for his expertise in and speaking on all matters related to family breakdown and parental alienation. He is an Australian living in Perth, WA.

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Rob Tiller, 7.30pm - 8.00pm, talk and Q&A

Rob has worked over a decade as a male-friendly counsellor, anger management expert and workshop presenter helping thousands of men, women and couples repair their relationships or recover from separation. Rob is an American now living in Freemantle, WA.

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Andrew Vink, 8.00pm - 8.30pm, talk and Q&A

Andrew ('Vinky') is Australia's leading independent Child Support expert and is always a major hit knowing more than just about anyone else in the country about this complex and highly emotive subject. Recently, with a family law and child support inquiry announced, Andrew has been in demand answering what exactly it should be looking at and why. Learn first hand from Andrew himself.

Andrew is an Australian living in Brisbane, QLD.

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Pete Nicholls, 8.30pm - 9.00pm, talk and Q&A

CEO, Parents Beyond Breakup. PBB is Australia's largest national charity focussing on suicide prevention in separating parents. PBB is parent charity to Mums in Distress and Dads in Distress front line 'community' support services. Pete is a Brit now living in Sydney NSW.

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Prof. Augusto Zimmermann, 9.00pm - 9.30pm, talk and Q&A

Professor Zimmermann is an internationally known legal scholar, a prolific writer and author of numerous articles and academic books, and is broadly recognised as one of the nation's strongest proponents of free speech. He is a Former Law Reform Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (2012-2017), and a former Vice-President of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (ASLP). Augusto is a Brazilian living in Perth WA.

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Panel Q&A, 9.30pm - 10.00pm

Audience questions followed by close