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The National Association for Loss & Grief (NSW) Inc Incorporated was founded in 1977 after the Granville train disaster.  In 2007, we commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the foundation of the National Association for Loss & Grief (NSW) Inc.


The Granville train disaster on 18th January 1977 changed the focus on trauma, loss and grief to NSW. Professor Beverley Raphael, a founding Member of NALAG (NSW) Inc, after working with a group of nurses, doctors, ambulance officers, police, clergy, emergency service workers and others in the caring professions who provided physical and psychological first aid to the people involved in the incident, it was apparent to her and to them that their professional training had not prepared them to manage the physical and emotional impact of large scale disasters. To download a short history by Vice President Geoffrey Glassock given at the 30th Anniversary Dinner click here.


Since its formation NALAG (NSW) Inc’s primary objective has been to encourage and promote professional and community education in loss, grief, bereavement and trauma.  NALAG (NSW) Inc has been involved in the establishment of many of the loss and grief support groups throughout Australia. NALAG is frequently called upon for training and advice by schools, corporations, government departments, media and individuals.


NALAG has Centres and Branches across New South Wales. To find a NALAG Centre or Branch near you go click here.


NALAG (NSW) Inc. is an independent, not for profit organisation.  Registered as a public benevolent institution NALAG (NSW) Inc. is funded by the NSW Centre for Mental Health. NALAG (NSW) Inc. is governed by a Board of Management. Details of the Board of Management as elected at the Annual General Meeting held on 19th November 2009 are below.


Membership NALAG (NSW) Inc


Membership of NALAG is made up of over 300 professionals, community members and Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Member of NALAG (NSW) Inc please see our Membership Page.





NALAG (NSW) Inc Board of Management

as at 19th November 2009



Ms Julie Dunsmore AM MAPS



E: jdunsmore@nalag.com.au



Julie has been working as a psychologist in the area of loss grief and trauma for over 28 years. She is the Director of Health Promotion LNS in Northern Sydney Central Coast Health with a focus on emotional social health of communities. Over the past four years Julie has been the Bali Trauma Recovery Coordinator primarily working with NSW Bali Bombing victims, survivors, bereaved and those who had been part of the rescue efforts; survivors from the Tsunami and other major trauma events.


Julie has travelled extensively lecturing and running workshops on trauma, grief and loss with a focus on sudden unexpected traumatic loss and children and adolescent grief.

She ran some of the first workshops in Australia that addressed the grief associated with separation and divorce. Julie was instrumental in the development & facilitation of “Good Grief” weekends for bereaved adolescents. Julie is a founding member of CanTeen (Australian Teenage Cancer Patients' Society Inc.)  She is a co-founder of SANDS (NSW) (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support Group).


Julie is a regular on ABC radio and has made a number of TV documentaries on loss, grief & trauma. 



Dr Geoffrey Glassock MAPS



E: gglassock@nalag.com.au



Geoffrey Glassock is a Counselling Psychologist with initial training in Marriage and Family Counselling before becoming involved with issues of loss and grief following the Granville train disaster in 1977.  In that year the National Association for Loss and Grief was established and Geoffrey has been involved with the Association since its inception. He is a life member.  He is one of a small group in Australia who pioneered education and training in loss and grief.  This has involved him in consultancy work and training with schools, hospitals universities, non-government agencies and the community at large. He is known internationally for his work and has contributed to many national and international conferences. In the late 80s Geoffrey was the first Australian to be invited to membership of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He has held senior academic appointments in education and nursing at the University of Sydney and worked in hospice/palliative care in Australia, South Africa and the UK. As both a priest and psychologist he has pursued an interest in spirituality, firmly believing all people have a spiritual dimension.  As a clinical supervisor he is aware of the need for self-care for practitioners in the field. He stresses the importance of knowing and ensuring that counsellors maintain appropriate boundaries which are underpinned by sound ethical standards.  His current research interest is in the grief of families who have a missing person.



Ms Joan Dunn


E: jdunn@nalag.com.au





Mrs Kerry Frost



E: kfrost@nalag.com.au





Manager NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo


Mrs Trudy Hanson OAM

Grief Counsellor & Educator


E: thanson@nalag.com.au



Trudy is the Manager of the NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief in Dubbo, New South Wales. She is a Grief Counsellor and Educator who has worked in the field of grief and bereavement for over 20 years.


Trudy has trained many professionals and volunteers in grief theory, intervention and counselling skills all over NSW and has presented at the International Conference for Grief and Bereavement in London in 2005.

She has a strong interest in Indigenous loss and grief, child and adolescent grief, traumatic and complex bereavement.


Committee Members



Ms Liz Martin


E: lmartin@nalag.com.au







Ms Caroline Dale BA (Communications), Grad Dip (Psychology), Cert IV (Training & Assessment)


E: cdale@nalag.org.au



Caroline has been on the Board of NALAG since 2007.  She is the Program Coordinator at Good Grief Ltd. where she focuses on research, training and program development with a view to supporting resilience in children and adults who have experienced significant change or loss.  She believes in the use of education and peer support as early intervention to provide the tools for people to better understand and process life’s changes and transitions.  Caroline holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University (NSW), and in 2010 will begin an Honours project exploring the use of social networking sites and online bereavement groups in grief.  In 2008 she undertook a research internship at Utrecht University (Netherlands) exploring how writing may mediate a person’s grief experience.  Caroline volunteers as a support worker at the National Centre for Childhood Grief and as a camp buddy at Camp Quality.  For fun, she loves yoga, cycling, camping, reading and seeing live music




Ms Beate Steller


E: bsteller@nalag.org.au










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