Web resources: Trauma, grief and loss

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)
This Centre offers a free bereavement counselling service, and links to grief-related websites, as well as telephone support services for community members, and practitioners

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH)
The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. The site includes information and resources for practitioners and for those directly experiencing the aftermath of the bushfires.

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN)
The network is based at the Australian National University and links people across Australia concerned with the trauma, loss and grief experiences of children and adolescents. The network is supported by Australian Government funding under the COAG New Early Intervention Services for Parents, Children and Young People Measure.

Australian Psychological Society (APS)
The Australian Psychological Society provides a number of online resources, and links to information and organisations that provide services and support to people who have experienced significant trauma. These resources are designed for private practitioners and other health professionals, especially GPs.

CareSearch: Bereavement PubMed Searches
CareSearch is an online resource to help those needing relevant and trustworthy information and resources about palliative care. The Bereavement PubMed Searches are designed for busy professionals working in the field of bereavement care to have one click access to evidence, without having to formulate complex searches.

Department of Education & Early Childhood (DEECD)
In response to the bushfire crisis, the Department has developed a series of resources to help provide practical support for parents, schools and early childhood communities in emergencies. Information includes the types of financial assistance available, and resources for staff in schools, kindergartens and early childhood centres.

Emergency Management for Schools
This website from the Attorney-Generals Department provides education materials to assist students in upper primary and secondary school to better understand and prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. The materials include an interactive media game, actual student experiences and lesson plans aimed at teaching kids how to be ready for an emergency.

GriefLink
GriefLink is an information resource on death-related grief for the community and professionals, and provides an extensive list of generic grief resources, such as books, videos and pamphlets. As the site is based in South Australia some information about support services and educational activities is specific to that State.

GriefNet
GriefNet is an Internet community of people dealing with grief, death and major loss, consisting of more than 30 email support groups and two web sites.

GrowthHouse (US)
This portal provides hundreds of resources for grief and terminal illness available through the online bookstore and search engine.

National Association for Loss And Grief (NALAG)

NALAG is a not-for-profit association of individuals and organisations that in partnership with Government and other organisations works to facilitate and improve the community's awareness of loss and grief issues and its capacity to effectively respond to loss and grief including bereavement.

Parenting and child health - Bushfires and children
A section dedicated to help parents deal with children and the effects of bushfires from the early to late primary school years.

Psychosocial support in disasters: a resource for health professionals
This portal provides valuable resources for health professionals working with individuals and communities threatened by, or affected by, emergencies and disasters.

ReachOut.com
ReachOut.com provides fact sheets on a range of mental health problems and everyday life issues such as relationships, work, family, study and friendships, stories that share insight from others who've been there before, and forums to get tips and support.

The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends assists families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and provides information to help others be supportive. All  bereaved family members are welcome. 

The Traumatic Stress Clinic
The Traumatic Stress Clinic provides cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments and undertakes world-class research for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complicated grief. The Clinic is an affiliation between a number of researchers, organisations and clinical psychologists, and is directed by Professor Richard Bryant. The Traumatic Stress Clinic operates out of Westmead Hospital and the University of New South Wales (Randwick campus) in Sydney, Australia.

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