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Lynne Coulson Barr

Ms Lynne Coulson Barr's life has been dedicated to upholding the rights of society's most vulnerable people.

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Lynne's quest to ensure inclusive practices in community services has been her lifelong mission. Through her work with Aboriginal children, Lynne introduced community-based approaches to fostering that ensured the children remained connected to their families and communities. Lynne has also extensive experience in her ongoing work in the disability field.

Lynne not only continually refines her practice, but also challenges others to ensure the rights of people with a disability are upheld in legal and dispute forums, where people with a disability have historically had little power.

In 2007, Lynne became the Deputy Commissioner of the Disability Services Commission where she has overall responsibility for advocacy and the decision-making and resolution of complaints. She also oversees the education and training activities on complaint resolution. Since 2011, Lynne has been a member of the Mental Health Review Board, and a mediator at the Mediator Standards Board.

In 2013, Lynne was one of only 11 people from around the world to be awarded a Weinstein International Fellowship from the JAMS Foundation, United States, to undertake a study of alternative dispute resolution systems. She will use this study to further develop Victoria's approach to promoting the effective resolution of complaints and disputes. In August 2013, Lynne was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Victoria.

Lynne is currently completing a Doctorate of Juridical Science on the determination of the suitability of disputes for conciliation.