Melbourne CBD deaths and injuries on Friday, 20 January 2017 

Victorians have been shocked at the tragic events which unfolded in the Melbourne CBD on January 20th 2017. We mourn the deaths of the four Victorians who have been killed as a result of these violent attacks. We also recognise that 31 other people have been hospitalised, some with life threatening injuries. Our deepest condolences are extended to the family and friends of those who have died and to many other people who have been impacted by this violence. This distressing event impacts us all, from the immediately bereaved to those who have witnessed scenes of devastation in the media. 

As the Victorian Government Specialist Bereavement Counselling Service, the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) stands ready to provide assistance to those who are bereaved as a result of this event. Specialist Bereavement Counselling Support can be accessed by calling Freecall 1800 642 066 (Australia wide).

ACGB also has a range of online resources which may be of assistance. These include, About Grief; How to Help Someone Who is Grieving; Grief, Anniversaries and Significant Occasions; Grief and Children (Pre-School, aged five and under) and Grief and Children (Primary School, aged 6-12). These resources are presented in an easily downloadable and printable form, so the information can be printed, shared and used as a valuable reference when required. 

Floral tributes and letters can be left at the memorial on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, in front of the GPO.

For those who wish to make a financial contribution for the families of the victims, the Victorian Government has established the Bourke Street Fund. Donations can be made by calling 1800 226 226 or via the website: www.vic.gov.au/bourkestreet.html. You can also make a donation directly into the Fund from your financial institution. 

Westpac Banking Corporation 
Bourke Street Fund 
BSB 033 009 
Account Number 668251 

Further information on this incident can be accessed on the website of the Department of Health at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/emergencies/bourke-st
 

Christopher Hall
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement