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Warren Strange

Executive Officer

Warren is knowmore’s Executive Officer, and is a highly experienced leader and lawyer, with expertise in public legal assistance, criminal law, public inquiries’ powers and procedures, and prevention services. Prior to joining knowmore he was an Assistant Commissioner at the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC), where he led the Misconduct Team.

Warren has extensive experience working in and leading inter-agency collaborations and multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers and non-lawyers, and led the team that produced the CMC’s Protecting Children report that resulted in fundamental reforms to Queensland’s child protection system.

In November 2016 Warren was appointed as a member of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.

Josie Web

Director

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Prue Gregory

Principal Lawyer

Prue has worked with disadvantaged communities in the inner city and the south west of Sydney for the past 18 years. Prue has extensive experience and expertise in advising and acting for clients in victims’ compensation matters, many of whom were survivors of domestic and family violence, and in advising, supporting and representing those survivors in taking legal action over acts of violence, and in acting to ensure the care and protection of young people. Prior to joining knowmore Prue was the Principal Solicitor at Macarthur Community Legal Centre in Campbelltown, a generalist community legal practice focusing on the disadvantaged.

Prue’s deep commitment to community based legal assistance has been demonstrated by her extensive involvement with local groups and programs, such as the Domestic Violence Liaison Committee, the advisory committee for Youth Off the Street, and inter-agency groups. Prue has worked extensively with homeless people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and peoples from many different culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and is committed to working with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure clients have the support they need to access legal services.

In December 2016 Prue was appointed to the Federal Government’s Independent Advisory Council on redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.

In October 2017 Prue was awarded the 2017 Justice Medal by the NSW Law and Justice Foundation in recognition of her outstanding contribution to improving access to justice, especially for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW.

Cameron Nguyen

Director

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Dean Bell

Aboriginal Engagement Team Leader

Dean is a descendent of the Ngunawal Aboriginal peoples of the Yass/Canberra region and also a spokesperson and knowledge holder for the Ngunawal Traditional Owners. Dean has extensive experience in community and government organisations where he has played a key role in encouraging the delivery of culturally safe and respectful services. Prior to joining knowmore Dean worked as an Aboriginal Witness Assistance Service Officer at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, providing assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors and witnesses of child sexual assault and adult sexual assault, both historic and current. He also works with survivors and witnesses of domestic violence and homicide.

Dean’s qualifications include an Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal Specialist Trauma Counselling and a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Family Health (Family Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Protection). Dean’s previous government and community engagement and family support roles included working with the NSW Department of Community Services, Bankstown City Council, Wentworth Area Health Service, New South Wales Aboriginal Children’s Service, the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services and Probation and Parole Services and Non-Government Organisations, Doonside Cottage, Riverstone Aboriginal Family Support Services and Junaya for Families. He was also the lead consultant in the first review of the NSW Land Rights Act. In all these positions, Dean has worked to ensure the services are culturally safe with deep listening to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to allow them to express and explore ways of managing and has communicated carefully to ensure that people understand what is happening, including any legal processes in which they are involved.

Bryce Vaughn

Director

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Australian Government funded
community-based support services

Since the announcement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse there has been increased demand for support services. The Australian Government wants to provide support to those affected by the Royal Commission and those engaging with the National Redress Scheme, when it commences in 2018, so the Department of Social Services (DSS) is funding a range of services, including counselling, case management, advice and support.

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  The following news update is from the National Redress Scheme (Australian Government Department of Social Services). In its first quarter of operation, the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) commenced assessing applications for institutions that are participating...

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