Category Archives: Counselling

Coronial counselling, bereavement, grief, complicated grief particularly in regard with violent/unexpected deaths.
This category relates to coronial counsellors who work with families including children whose loved ones have had autopsy. This category may also deal with the counselling families / individuals and requests for tissue donation from the autopsy.

The real CSI

ABC News Margaret Burin 16 August 2015

Australia’s real-life crime scene investigators say their jobs are not always as sexy as they look on TV.   Every night prime-time television is filled with crime-scene investigation dramas centred on detectives solving complex cases. But how real is what we see on TV?  Meet some of Australia’s real-life CSI professionals, from those who examine blood spatter to those who clean it up.

Features the work of Victoria Police experts and VIFM scientists and pathologists

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Peritraumatic distress and dissociation in prolonged grief and post-traumatic stress following violent and unexpected deaths

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation Online 09 Jul 2015;  DOI: 10.1080/15299732.2015.1027841

This study examined associations between the violence of a loss and the suddenness of a loss and symptom-levels of Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after the death of a loved-one. A further aim was to investigate if peritraumatic distress (i.e., fear, helplessness, and horror) and peritraumatic dissociation mediate the emotional impact of violent losses and unexpected losses. We obtained self-reported data from 265 individuals, bereaved in the previous three years by losses due to violent causes (17%) or illness (83%). Outcomes showed that participants who experienced violent losses (due to homicide, suicide, or accident) reported more PGD-symptoms and PTSD-symptoms compared to those confronted with illness-loss. In this latter group, greater perceived unexpectedness was positively associated with PGD-severity and PTSD-severity. Multiple mediation analyses showed that the impact of violent loss and unexpectedness of the loss on PGD-severity and PTSD-severity was fully mediated by peritraumatic distress and dissociation; peritraumatic helplessness and peritraumatic dissociation (but not peritraumatic fear and horror) emerged as unique mediators. Findings suggest that both violent and unexpected losses exacerbate post-loss psychopathology which is at least partially due to such losses yielding more intense acute helplessness and dissociative responses.

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Organ donation: Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine staff take novel approach to raise awareness

ABC News Karen Percy 9 August 2015

Staff at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) have taken a novel approach to raising awareness for organ and tissue donation.

They have taken part in The Rest Is Silence, a short play based on the real-life discussions held every day by forensic and medical staff about organ and tissue donation.

The Institute hosted four performances on Saturday as part of this week’s Donate Life campaign, to raise awareness of tissue donation, something many Australian donors do not understand well.

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Organ donation and the make-or-break conversation

Sydney Morning Herald Kieran Gair 24 July 2015

Despite millions of dollars being poured into improving organ transplant rates, gains have been small, and the community of people involved in donations has been fractured by bitter debate.

Last year 40 per cent of affected families refused to give consent to allow their relatives’ organs to be donated, contributing to a three per cent drop in the number of donors from the previous year.  And worse, many doctors are not using the best evidence-based methods for asking families for their loved ones to become donors.

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From heartbreak to hope

The Australian Weekend Magazine Trent Dalton 18-19 July 2015

Human interest story of organ donation and the process of retrieval featuring the DonateLife Queensland program at Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Queensland Government Air Wing.

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Death Studies Volume 39 Issue 7 2015 – Contents pages

Table of Contents  |  Vol 39 Issue 7  2015

Selected articles:

The Persistent Complex Bereavement Inventory: A Measure Based on the DSM-5

The Evolution of Thanatology: Past, Present, and Future Contributions to the Field –  A review of Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Contemporary Perspectives, Institutions, and Practices edited by Judith M. Stillion and Thomas Attig. New York, NY: Springer

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