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Mary Bryant

Mary Bryant is currently the Manager of a Bereavement Counselling Service at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney. She has been employed as a social worker/counsellor/ educator for over thirty years.

Mary has extensive work experience counselling in loss and grief. She first worked in palliative care in 2001. She has provided counselling at the Mater and Neringah Hospital in palliative care and oncology. She was the Senior Counsellor at Dementia Australia and has ten years' experience working with young people as a school counsellor.

As an educator, Mary lectured in Social Work at Western Sydney University (1998-2003) and the Australian Catholic University (2003-2005).

Mary lectured for the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and has educated health professionals in loss, grief and bereavement at a number of Sydney hospitals including St George, Prince of Wales, and Sutherland. She has also conducted workshops at St Vincent's, St Josephs and The Mater and provided training at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Settlement Services International and Long Bay Jail.

Mary has lived as a carer and partner to someone who has lived with metastic cancer for 16 years and quadriplegia for 11 years. She raised six children through this experience. This has illuminated her working knowledge of what it is to be a client of the palliative care and health systems. She hopes to advocate for families who are close to invisible in their experience.

Mary is passionate about normalising reactions to grief which are too often misdiagnosed as anxiety disorders. She believes the human spirit is capable of extraordinary things when it is supported to be its truest self.

Mary joined the ACI End of Life and Palliative Care Network Executive Committee in May 2021

Author's website: Mary Bryant

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