Meet our Family Support Practitioners: Lucinda Fraser
Where did you come from before joining VSK?
Previously I coordinated StandBy Murray, a support after suicide program delivered across the Murray region. This involved supporting individuals, families, and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide, and community workshops. Prior to that, I worked as a Social Worker in paediatric and adult hospital settings, community health, and in crisis support. My work has often focused on grief, bereavement, loss, trauma, health, families, and community.
What’s your background?
I am a qualified Social Worker and a life-long learner with a strong interest in trauma, grief, and bereavement.
Are you from theLoddon Mallee region?
Yes, I grew up in Northern Victoria and have worked and lived in the Loddon Mallee region for most of my life.
What is it that drew you to Very Special Kids?
Grief, bereavement and health have been interests of mine for a long time, and ensuring that high quality support is available in rural, regional and remote Australia is very important to me. The opportunity to do this kind of meaningful work in the country, as part of a values-based organisation, was very appealing!
What are you looking forward to about this role?
I am most looking forward to getting to know the children, young people and families, and learning how I can best support them. It is a privilege to walk alongside our fellow humans during vulnerable times, and offer some kind of care and support.
What is it you will be supporting families with?
This will vary depending on the individual needs of each family. It could include counselling for families who are caring for a child with a life threatening condition, counselling for bereaved families, hosting a range of group programs and regional family activities, exploring potential referrals and other supports, and linking to options in VSK, such as the hospice and family accommodation.
Can you explain the region you cover?
The Loddon Mallee region is diverse and stretches from Mildura and the Sunraysia region, down to the Goldfields area, and into the Macedon Ranges. I love how the landscape changes as you travel through the region and the community spirit of the area.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love exploring the local bushland, growing flowers, and nature photography. Gardening, hiking, exercise, reading, and embroidery also make a frequent appearance!
What’s your go-to for keeping on top of your mental health?
Connection – with nature, loved ones, values, creative expression, and reaching out for support if needed.
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