The NSW Wildlife Council has been concerned about the level of conflict within the Wildlife Rehabilitation sector, and wants to help people to sort out their differences quickly and effectively. Conflict can not always be avoided, and the issues can be very real, but none of us wants to let our own issues reduce the quality of care that we provide to wildlife.
Consequently the NWC has developed Conflict Management Guidelines, specifically tailored to the NSW wildlife rehabilitation sector. It makes use of best practice, and is specific to the laws and disputes resolution processes applicable to incorporated associations in NSW. The final drafts of the document were checked by a Clinical Psychologist to ensure fairness and accuracy.
The document was developed to help groups and individuals, and let them know not only what options are available, but the potential advantages and disadvantages of each option. The NWC encourages all wildlife rehabilitation groups to adopt these guidelines, or to ensure that their own processes cover the same issues effectively.
While we are not in a position to mandate these guidelines, please note that Office of Environment and Heritage or National Parks and Wildlife Service will not consider involvement in disputes unless both parties have attempted to resolve their issues in good faith according to these guidelines, and can provide documentation to evidence what was attempted and the outcomes.
In February 2008, representatives of the NSW Wildlife Council voted unanimously to adopt the Conflict Management Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitators in NSW.
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