NALAG Centre Staff


While the NALAG organistaion is built from and relies heavily on the dedication of Volunteers, we do have a number of vital staff on our crew.

Chief Executive Officer

NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief Dubbo

Trudy Hanson OAM Grief Counsellor & Educator

A little about Trudy...

Trudy Hanson is the CEO 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 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.

Contact Trudy: Email

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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