The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is an independent, not for profit organisation which opened in January 1996 and is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia. Registered as a public benevolent institution the Centre receives operational funding through the state cancer and palliative care program of the Victorian Department of Health. A copy of the Constitution for the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement can be downloaded here.
Its mission is to build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in order to enhance well-being following adverse life events. The Centre is a statewide service which is located alongside the McCulloch House Palliative Care Unit at Monash Medical Centre. In 2006 the Centre was appointed by the Victorian Department of Human Services as the statewide specialist bereavement service.
Grief and Bereavement Support
The Bereavement Counselling and Support Service (BCSS) provides a statewide specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death of someone close to them. The BCSS offers face-to-face bereavement counselling most of which is office-based. An outreach service is available for people who cannot attend an office. BCSS also offers bereavement support programs such as support groups, meditation and creativity workshops, information evenings, massage therapy and an annual Ceremony of Remembrance. In addition the service provides advanced training for bereavement counsellors by providing is a supervised internship for experienced practitioners. Counsellors at the service come from a variety of disciplines including social work, psychology and psychotherapy.
The Bereavement Counselling and Support Service is located at McCulloch House, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton. For further information phone (03) 9265 2111, fax (03) 9265 2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org