Annual Grief Lecture: Death In The Public Eye

Annual Grief Lecture: Death In The Public Eye
Type: Annual Grief Lecture
Location: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Entry 3, 179 Latrobe Street Melbourne & Live Online Streaming
Presenters: Coroner Rosemary Carlin, Walter Mikac and Dr Jane Mowll

Death in the public eye

Those who experience a bereavement that is marked by violence, suddenness or due to human actions are forced to navigate two worlds - one populated by the media, the coroner, the legal system and public curiosity and a second, less visible world, of private grief. The 2019 grief lecture will examine what transpires when a death takes place in the public eye. The role and impact of the legal system, a coronial investigation, and the scrutiny of the media will be explored. The lecture will also examine impact upon the bereaved person, and the role played by bereavement counselling and support. This lecture is free to attend for ACGB members. 


Coroner Rosemary Carlin
LLB(Hons) BSc
Coroner Rosemary Carlin commenced her legal career as a solicitor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). In 1991 she became a barrister and for the next 16 years prosecuted criminal trials, holding the positions of Crown Prosecutor for Victoria, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Northern Territory and In-house Counsel for the Commonwealth DPP. In 2007 she was appointed a Magistrate and in 2014 began working exclusively as a Coroner.
Coroner Carlin is a member of the Coroner's Education Committee, the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria Committee, Victims of Crime Consultative Committee and the Asia Pacific Coroners Society.

Walter Mikac AM
Walter Mikac's daughters, Alannah and Madeline, aged six and three, and their mother Nanette were tragically killed with 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996. Walter’s courage and dignity in the face of unimaginable horror had a profound and far-reaching effect. It was a journey requiring unimaginable strength and courage. His desire to create something positive from the devastation won him universal acclaim and has led to extraordinary outcomes. Following the events of Port Arthur, Walter successfully lobbied the then Prime Minister and other government heads to bring about reforms to national gun laws. Walter is the founding patron of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, their key objectives are to care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks, and, advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children. The Alannah & Madeline Foundation have programs in one-third of all Australian schools, and more than 75 per cent of all Australian public libraries (reaching all 1.500 within the next three years). They support 10,000 children in refuges or foster home across Australia every year. Since their establishment in 1997 the Alannah & Madeline foundation have reached more than two million children and their families nationwide. 

Dr Jane Mowll
Dr Jane holds a BSW and PhD and is a lecturer in social work at the University of NSW where she also co-convenes the mast of counselling social work. Additionally, Jane is an accredited mental health social worker and a member of the Australian college of social work (clinical division). Jane has over 18 years' experience as a social worker and counsellor in government and private settings. As a senior counsellor at the Department of Forensic Medicine, she worked with colleagues to provide support and counselling to people bereaved after a homicide, accident, suicide, or sudden natural death. In this capacity she and her colleagues also developed a comprehensive support after suicide program, including a support after suicide group which she co facilitated for over 16 years. In her capacity as a counsellor in private practice she continues to provide support and counselling for people bereaved by the expected or sudden and/or violent death of a family member or friend. Jane completed her PhD at the University of NSW in 2011 on the experience of viewing or not viewing the body of a relative after sudden and unexpected death. She continues to write and research in the field of bereavement, particularly in the experiences of navigating the aftermath of a sudden and / or violent death. She is currently leading a team of researchers undertaking a study exploring grief for relatives bereaved after either palliative care or coronial death.

Crime Journalist (to be announced soon)

Date: Wednesday 30th May 2019
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm 
Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Entry 3, 179 Latrobe Street Melbourne & Live Online Streaming 

ACGB Member -
Non-member - $30
Village Roadshow Theatrette State Library of Victoria Entry 3, 179 Latrobe Street Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA

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