Lismore (02) 66 22 6116 Tweed - (07) 55 368 868 events@menandfamily.org.au

About Us

Welcome to the Men and Family Centre

The Centre, based in Lismore NSW, has many programs for men and women. We offer groups for men who want to take responsibility for their abusive behaviour and for women who have recently left or are living with abusive relationships.

Our Values
The Men & Family Centre is a community based non-government organisation which aims to support and cooperate with men, women and children to create respectful relationships free from all violence and abuse, and encourage men’s involvement in building healthy communities. Our values underpin our work and are fundamental to achieving our vision, mission and strategic directions. Staff and volunteers will uphold the following values:

  • Respect (for self and others)
  • Equality
  • Organisational transparency
  • Inclusive and ethical practice
  • Understanding and empathy
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Invitation to responsibility
  • ‘Walk the Talk’
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Meet the patron of our organisation

Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO served as Governor of New South Wales from 1 March 2001 to 1 October 2014 and was the first woman to be appointed to the role. Born in Narrandera in the Riverina district of New South Wales, and educated at the Narrandera Public School and Sydney Girls High School, Marie Bashir completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Sydney in 1956.

Professor Bashir taught at the Universities of Sydney and NSW, increasingly working with children’s services, psychiatry and mental health services, and Indigenous health programs. At the time of her appointment as Governor of New South Wales, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney; Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney; and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to child and adolescent health, and was invested by Her Majesty, the Queen, with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2006.

In June 2014, Professor Bashir was named as a Dame of the Order of Australia for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to the administration, public life, and people of New South Wales, to medicine, particularly as an advocate for improved mental health outcomes for the young, marginalised and disadvantaged, to international relations, through the promotion of collaborative health programs, and as a leader in tertiary education.