NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo

Supporting the community through loss and grief


A little bit of our history

The NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo was established in 1992 following donation of a building by the Citizen's Radio Emergency Service Team (CREST). The NALAG Centre in Dubbo is the Head Office for the NALAG (NSW) Inc Association. Currently funded by the Ministry of Health, the Centre has 1 full-time and 3 part time staff together with 60 dedicated volunteers. The NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief in Dubbo is the Head Office of the National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW) Inc (NALAG) the staff and volunteers from the Centre in Dubbo support the Branches and the NALAG Board.

What do we do

The NALAG Centre in Dubbo provides grief support and counselling. The Centre also has a number of psych-educational programs for adults and children. Learn more.


Interested in volunteering?

If you would like to volunteer in supporting others through their grief please contact us on 02 6882 9222 or Send us an email


Grief Support Services

The Centre in Dubbo provides free individual face to face grief support by trained volunteers for adults and children who are grieving following a loss. In certain circumstances NALAG can also offer individual face to face grief counselling by a registered psychologist. Appointments are essential and are by prior arrangement only. The NALAG Centre is not a crisis centre and all emergencies should be directed to the appropriate agency or to the outpatient unit of your local Hospital.

The NALAG Dubbo Centre outreaches to Wellington, Narromine, Coonabarabran, Trangie, Nyngan, Parkes, Forbes and Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Coonamble where possible, and when face to face support is not available telephone support can be provided.

NALAG is a not for profit organisation and a Public Benevolent Institution. The NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo provides grief and loss support to all people regardless of financial circumstances FREE of charge. The Blue Healers Depression Program, the Bereavement Buddy Program and the Seasons for Growth Program are also offered FREE to suitable participants.

Client Registration

If you would like to register a client for any NALAG service, please download, print and complete a Registration Form and return by email. Alternatively please call 02 6882 9222 to refer a client directly.

Registration Form - Word

Registration Form - PDF


Other Services & Programs

Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is a program which explores the effects of change, loss and grief for children, adolescents and adults. The program helps us to understand that life is always changing, that one follows the other and there are certain things we can do to accept and deal with the seasons in our life. Seasons for Growth is an educational program - not counselling.

Blue Healers Depression Program

The Blue Healers is a program to help people manage depression, stress and anxiety and develop learning strategies for coping. The program runs for 8 weeks (one two hour session per week) and involves topics such as What is Depression, Stress and Anxiety, What about medications?, Exercise & Relaxation, Sleep & Diet, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (or changing negative thinking), Problem Solving and Self Esteem. The Program is run in a group setting and is based on psycho-education not counselling.

Meet the team...

Chief Executive

Trudy Hanson OAM

Grief Counsellor & Educator

Trudy Hanson has over 35 years experience in the grief and loss. She is a well respected Grief Counsellor and Educator, presenting workshops across Australia and presenting to International Conferences on Grief and Bereavement.

Trudy is the current CEO of the NALAG Centre for Loss and Grief in Dubbo and coordinates the NSW State Centres and Branches of NALAG.

Contact Trudy


Operational Office Manager

Gerry O'Leary

Gerry has over 25 years experience working in administration, education and disability work. He has worked with NALAG in the past as a contractor to develop the NALAG database and now sees to the smooth running of the day to day operations at NALAG.

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Reception and Administration

Shelley Carolan

Shelley has extensive experience working in customer service and now works as the first point of contact for those who either visit or phone the Dubbo office. Her caring and friendly personality ensures that those accessing NALAG services are treated with dignity and respect.

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NALAG Centre Dubbo Staff at the 2015 Walk Towards Hope

NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Staff Trudy Hanson.NALAG Centre Dubbo Staff at the 2015 Walk Towards Hope

NALAG Volunteers Charmian Kater and Mary Mathews.

NALAG Centre Dubbo Staff at the 2015 Walk Towards Hope

Shelley Carolan.