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.

Election 2016: Suicide prevention advocates want federal candidates to show their cards on issue

ABC News 25 May 2016

Suicide prevention advocates in south east Queensland have thrown support behind a national call for all federal candidates to declare what they will do to stem the staggering increase of suicides.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-24/suicide-prevention-turns-2016-federal-election-issue-longman/7441106

Suicide prevention advocates want federal candidates to show their cards on issue

ABC Sunshine Coast 24 May 2016

Suicide prevention advocates in south east Queensland have thrown support behind a national call for all federal candidates to declare what they will do to stem the staggering increase of suicides.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-24/suicide-prevention-turns-2016-federal-election-issue-longman/7441106

We need more discussion about death, Royal Australasian College of Physicians says

ABC News 17 May 2016

Australia is developing a death-denying culture that needs to change, according to some of Australia’s most senior doctors.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-17/we-need-to-talk-about-death-more-senior-doctors-say/7422962

Adults can help children cope with death by understanding how they process it

The Conversation Linda Goldman 17 May 2016

This article is the second in our Coping with Mortality series, which looks at our fear of death across the ages and how to cope with the dying process.

Age-appropriate discussions about death allow children to share thoughts and feelings they inevitably have when someone they know dies. Helping them normalise these can best be done by understanding children’s perceptions of death at varying developmental stages.

Read more

ABC Radio interview with John Drayton

ABC Qld  Radio 612 12 May 2016

Terri Begley interviews Dr John Drayton, former coronial counsellor at FSS…

https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peyQx1wBWL?play=true
[interview starts at  the 1:36:55 mark of the program]

Bonds of identity retained in death

UQ News 29 April 2016

As the nation paused this week to remember the Port Arthur Massacre and ANZAC Day, a former Senior Coronial Counsellor has spoken of the toll involved in identifying and handling the dead.
University of Queensland School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work expert Dr John Drayton said there were conflicting emotions for both the bereaved and social workers who broke the news.
“A dead body can have a multitude of various meanings to the bereaved and this presents a complex challenge for social workers trying to work through grief and loss,” Dr Drayton said.

Read more: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2016/04/bonds-of-identity-retained-death

BJS article link: http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/2/264.full

Her career began in fast food and today she’s a forensic biologist. Kirsty Wright talks forensics.

ABC News | 612 ABC Radio Anne Debert 18 April 2016

Kirsty Wright is a forensic biologist.  She works with the police. Her specialty is disaster victim identification and missing persons.

[Indirect references to work / cases from time working at FSS at 8-11 mins, including references to Coronial Counsellors]

Listen to interview (38 mins 22 sec)