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.

Rookie cops need death training: Queensland research

Brisbane Times AAP 16 March 2015

Rookie police officers tasked with investigating non-criminal deaths don’t have the skills to do it tactfully, a new study has found.

The Queensland University of Technology research explores the issue of non-violent deaths and whether police engage tactfully with bereaved family or relatives.

Researcher Belinda Carpenter found reports prepared for the coroner by the younger officers were also “sloppy”.
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She said they would less likely be overwhelmed if their training was extended to include time at the morgue and observing autopsies.

Read more:  http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/rookie-cops-need-death-training-queensland-research-20150316-1m0em0.html

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Family of suspected SIDS baby call for WA forensic changes

Perth Now AAP March 03, 2015

THE family of a newborn baby boy who died of suspected SIDS say it was devastating to delay his funeral three weeks because Western Australia’s only forensic neuropathologist was on leave.
Mason Martin was just three-weeks-old when he died on February 4 and he was not cremated until almost three weeks later, prompting his grieving family to call for a review of the state’s forensic services.
“The trauma of that was something that the whole family had to come to terms with,” Mason’s grandfather Graham Hood told 6PR Radio.
The family had wanted to avoid an autopsy so Mason would not be “carved up” but were told it would take a Supreme Court injunction. If they wanted an immediate funeral, the family had to accept the body without Mason’s brain.
“We were all gutted,” Mr Hood said.
When the neuropathologist returned from leave, the family had to wait another four days because she only worked at the state mortuary one day a week.

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Family of suspected SIDS baby call for WA forensic changes

Perth Now AAP 3 March 2015

THE family of a newborn baby boy who died of suspected SIDS say it was devastating to delay his funeral three weeks because Western Australia’s only forensic neuropathologist was on leave.  Protocols had prohibited the mother from touching her baby until he had been in the mortuary fridge for three weeks.

Mason Martin was just three-weeks-old when he died on February 4 and he was not cremated until almost three weeks later, prompting his grieving family to call for a review of the state’s forensic services.

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Cairns’ child killer case in court

Sydney Morning Herald Cleo Fraser January 30, 2015

A Cairns mother accused of murdering eight children could have her case heard by Queensland’s Mental Health Court.
Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, 37, the mother of seven of the children and aunt to the eighth, was charged with eight counts of murder after the children were found dead at a Manoora home last month.
Her case was briefly mentioned in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday, but she wasn’t present.
Magistrate Suzette Coates adjourned the case for three months to allow a number of reports to be finalised.

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Top 5 under 40 – giving a voice to science thinkers

University of NSW 3 December 2014

UNSW and ABC Radio National today launched Top 5 under 40, an exciting initiative to discover a new generation of science thinkers and give them a voice.

Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40 who are working in Australian universities and research institutions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research.

Apply now: Early-career researchers who meet the scheme’s criteria have until Friday 16 January 2015 to  apply online.

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Cairns woman charged with murder of eight children: Bodies found in Manoora house

ABC News 22 December 2014

A 37-year-old mother has been charged with the murder of seven of her children and her niece after their bodies were found at a home in Cairns, in far north Queensland, on Friday.

The four girls and four boys aged between two and 14 were discovered at a home on Murray Street in the Cairns suburb of Manoora.

Mersane Warria, who is the mother of seven of the deceased children and aunt of the eighth, has been charged with eight counts of murder.  Warria was charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday.

Warria remains in hospital under police guard.

Read morehttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-21/cairns-woman-charged-with-murder-of-eight-children/5981652

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Fatal shore

QWeekend Jennifer Johnston 13-14 December 2014

Boxing Day 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami.  for relatives and survivors the past decade has been a long journey of healing.

Kirsty Wright who worked at FSS at that time is featured in the discussion relating to victim identification and dealing with the trauma.

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