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.

Families speak about military loved ones lost and how we failed them

Herald Sun Ruth Lamperd 14 August 2016

Grieving families of war veterans who have taken their own lives say their loved ones might still be alive today if they’d received adequate support from authorities.  Their call for more support comes as a Sunday Herald Sun investigation reveals 41 military personnel and veterans died this year from suicide, the same as the number of Australians who were killed in Afghanistan during 13 years of war.

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Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests

The Guardian UK Owen Bowcott 25 July 2016

In wide-ranging interview, soon-to-retire Peter Thornton QC says bereaved families are entitled to ‘equality of arms’.

Thornton, who leads a team of 380 coroners and 595 coroners’ officers, also said a critical shortage of pathologists was a “disaster looming”.  Pathologists are employed by the NHS but perform postmortem examinations as freelancers, for the slender sum of £96.80 per body. Many are reluctant to take on the work.

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Child Safety department probes brutal bashings

Courier Mail 23 July 2016 pp. 1-2; pp. 38-39; p. 60

Police are investigating five cases where children known to the Child Safety Department were brutally bashed to death, as well as a further 18 suspicious deaths.  A list compiled by the Queensland Child Death Case Review Panel said 51 children known to the department died last year.

Wretched Betrayal pp. 38-39

Editorial p. 60

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The end game

The Mercury | TasWeekend Sally Glaetzer 23 July 2016

A discussion featuring the event The Science of Life and Death with speakers including forensic pathologists (including Prof Roger Byard) and palliative care specialists.  Discusses end-of-life planning, advanced care directives and a pilot project hospice@HOME being run in Tasmania.

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Public and Environmental Health Forum Series 12 July 2016

Tuesday 12 July 2016;  FSS Conference Theatre; 9:30 am

A study of the prevalence of Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella spp. in retail raw fresh chicken meat in QLD – Anna Sartor and Ellena Heading

Reef monitory in Qld – Rohan Wallace

All staff are welcome – refreshments provided following the talks

DEATH in Hobart public talk to spread knowledge and understanding about dying

ABC News Carol Rääbus 22 June 2016

Three death experts are set to give a public talk in Hobart this month to get people thinking and talking about “the elephant in the room”.
DEATH in Hobart is the first in a national tour hosted by the Australian Academy of Science.
One of the speakers is Professor Roger Byard, a senior specialist forensic pathologist with the University of Adelaide.

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Dying2Learn MOOC

CareSearch Australia 2016

CareSearch Australia is offering a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which will explore social and physical issues around death and dying, and look at how concepts and representations of death have changed over time.  The purpose of the Dying2Learn MOOC is to build community awareness and foster social discussion about death and dying in Australia. Dying2Learn will provide an opportunity for any Australian to supportively learn about and contribute to discussions on issues around death and dying. The MOOC has been created for the general public in Australia, but everyone is invited to join us.

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