Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Hall MA, BEd, GradDipAdol&ChildPsych, CertIV TAE, MAPS, MACE, FAIM
For the past 21 years Christopher Hall has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, a government funded specialist bereavement service, which is based in Melbourne, Victoria. He is a psychologist who has developed a specialisation in the field of grief and bereavement over the past 25 years. Chris has trained many health and education professionals in grief theory and interventions and has keynoted at conferences throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. He has a strong interest in complex bereavement experiences, the organisational impact of grief and loss and bridging research and practice.

Christopher was elected President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 2015. In 2007, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement and served as chair from 2010-2013. He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the work group. The Association for Death Education and Counseling in 2018 awarded him the ADEC Service Award for his commitment to the field and advancing the study of dying, death and bereavement.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Christopher is also an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. He serves as the Editor of the journal Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement and a former Associate Editor of Death Studies. In 2010 Christopher was appointed to the Coronial Council of Victoria.

Bereavement Counselling and Support Services - Staff

Manager - Bereavement Counselling and Support Services
Wendy Howard BBSc; AdvCertRes&ComCare

Specialist Bereavement Counsellor
Internship, Practitioner Associate Program, Clinical Supervision
Susan Meyerink BSocWelf; GradCertBerCouns∬ DipBusMgt&HR; CBP

Specialist Bereavement Counsellor
Intake Adminstrator
Janice Butera BA (Psych & WomensSt); GradDipCouns; MA (Couns); VocGradCert;
BerCouns&Intervention; CBP

Specialist Bereavement Counsellor
Internship and Counselling Program, Clinical Supervision
Miguel Lopez BSoSc; BPsych; CBP

Specialist Bereavement Counsellor
KG2 Children's and Support Group Programs
Jackie Tarabay BCouns; GradCertBerCouns∬ CBP; Cert IV Training & Assessment

Specialist Bereavement Counsellor
Support Groups, Clinical Supervision and Education
Bianca Lavorgna BBSc; GradCertBerCouns∬ Masters Couns&Psych

Specialist Bereavement Counsellor
Counselling Program
Jess Holt Bnursing; GradDipPsych; MastersCounPsych

Bereavement Counsellor
Partnership with HOPE Bereavement Centre, Geelong
Christine Rawson PostGradDipLoss&GriefCouns