Board of Management



Our Board

President

NALAG (NSW) Inc

Julie Dunsmore AM Psychologist MAPS

A little about Julie...

Julie has been working as a psychologist in the area of loss, grief and trauma for over 30 years. Since 2003 Julie has been the Bali Trauma Recovery Coordinator primarily working with NSW Bali Bombing survivors, bereaved, & first responders; survivors from the Tsunami and most recently a consultant for those working with the bereaved from the Victorian bushfires.

In 2008 Julie was invited to address the UN Supporting Victims of Terrorism symposium in New York and be part of the expert working group. Julie has had a special interest in working with bereaved parents, adolescents and children. She has worked extensively with those who have experienced traumatic bereavement after a sudden unexpected death, including suicide, murder and accidents. Julie conducts training in the area of Psychological First Aid, PTSD and Complex Grief treatment. She is well recognised for her innovative model of working creatively with those who have experienced trauma and grief.

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Vice President (Volunteer)

Neville Shackleton

A little about Neville

For Nev, sad memories of the Granville rail disaster when young, personal experience during 9/11, along with other significant grief and losses of those around him have led him to NALAG. Nev joined NALAG as a volunteer back in 2014. This was a time when the Mudgee branch was starting up and since this time the wonderful volunteers and employees from Mudgee and Dubbo have developed the centre into an incredible resources to local and more remote clients experiencing grief.

The effects of loss, grief and trauma on others has appeared in varying ways throughout my professional life, across a range of industries including fitness, technology and mental health. Supporting those in crisis, working as a registered counsellor and provisional psychologist, loss and grief is often present and triggered by a range of situations and events. To me NALAG provides both a resource to the community, formal training and a place to learn from others and reflect on our own losses.

I feel very honoured to be with those experiencing grief, and volunteer with a team of passionate support, administration and other volunteers that are led by a dedicated group of staff in Dubbo.

NALAG provides a place to experience loss and grief in a safe and respectful environment.

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Treasurer (Volunteer)

Danielle Maloney
A little about Danielle...

Danielle has worked in health promotion and mental health for over 20 years. She has specialised in youth mental health and is passionate about improving trauma informed care in our mental health services.

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Secretary (Volunteer)

Kerry Frost

A little about Kerry...

I joined NALAG in 2000 as a volunteer and served one term as President of the Dubbo Chapter. In 2004 I accepted the position of Secretary to the NALAG Board. I have attained two Diplomas, one in counselling and another in Chaplaincy. I have also attended many workshops covering Loss, Grief and Trauma during my sixteen years with NALAG. This has enabled me to offer Grief support to a wide variety of clients. It has been a privilege and an honour to serve with a highly skilled Board who have a passion for supporting people experiencing Loss, Grief and Trauma. The Board bears the responsibility for moving the organization in a productive direction as defined by the objectives and strategic goals of NALAG. This is why NALAG is such a successful and wonderful organisation and to be part of - this brings great satisfaction and joy.

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Committee Member (Volunteer)

Beate Steller (Volunteer)

A little about Beate...

Beate Steller brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of sectors to her role as a Training Consultant and Spiritual Care Team Leader. Beate has been an adult educator for the last 20 years which included being a Training and Development Co-ordinator at the Centre for Community Welfare Training, Australian College of Applied Psychology, the Professional Development People, and Lifeline’s (Sydney/ Sutherland) Telephone Counselling Trainer and Telephone Counsellor. Her experience includes working as a Strategic Planner and a Community Development Officer at Sutherland Council, working with long term unemployed and especially with people from Indigenous and CALD Backgrounds. Beate’s experience in the Health Services’ Industry includes specialising in HIV AIDS, palliative care and aged care.

Her work has focused on working with organisations and individuals in the development of their goals, helping them to resolve conflicts, work through change and associated losses and developing a participatory approach in their work. In the last 8 years Beate has specialised in grief and loss education/ counselling and transition counselling. Beate has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009. She has both graduate and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education.

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Committee Member (Volunteer)

Ruth Gobbitt

A little about Ruth...

I am the Co-ordinator of the Mudgee Branch of NALAG which opened its doors in 2014. I have worked in dementia care in Mudgee and have seen how NALAG works first hand. I could see how NALAG helped both clients and their families. I found NALAG had a role to play. I did the basic training and thought it would be a good program to become more involved in when I retired.

Well, when I retired, a group met to look at setting up a branch of NALAG in Mudgee. We had a very supportive group and began the hard work of establishing a branch in Mudgee. I found myself as the Co-ordinator and I use the skills I had developed in my working life in this role. I feel it is important to be able to communicate effectively, to listen to people's stories.

I especially feel creativity is important as an aid to working through grief. I am an artist and you can mostly reach someone through pictures or music. There is a way of connecting worlds which sometimes doesn't happen with words. It can be a way of finding common ground. I have done some 'Healing Workshops' with Trudy in the far west and have used clay to help people access what they are dealing with.

It is very satisfying work and a great way to spend 'retirement'.

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Manager

NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo & Branch Coordinator (Paid)

Trudy Hanson OAM Grief Counsellor & Educator

A little about Trudy...

Trudy Hanson is the Manager of the NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief in Dubbo, New South Wales and Branch Co-ordinator for NALAG (NSW) Inc. She is a Grief Counsellor and Educator who has worked in the field of grief and bereavement for over 25 years. Trudy conducts education and training in the area of loss, grief, trauma and bereavement throughout NSW and is frequently called upon to lecture at Charles Sturt University Dubbo. Trudy has also worked in Youth Suicide Prevention and Health Promotion for the Greater Western Area Health Service. She worked for Burnside Doorways setting up and running a Mentoring Program for homeless youth.

Drawing on her early involvement in the NSW State Emergency Service and the Volunteer Rescue Association for over 25 years together with her interest in loss, grief and trauma, Trudy has developed the Psychological First Aid Training Program - A Guide for First Responders Following the Immediate Aftermath of a Disaster. The development of the Blue Healers Depression, Stress and Anxiety Program and the Bereavement Buddy Grief Support Program is also to Trudy's credit.

Trudy has trained many professionals and volunteers in grief theory, intervention and counselling skills throughout NSW and has presented at the International Conference for Grief and Bereavement in London in 2005 and Melbourne in 2007.
She has a strong interest in Indigenous loss and grief, child and adolescent grief, traumatic and complex bereavement.

Trudy was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her extended commitment to community service.

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