Donna Barnard - Bereavement Counsellor/Co-ordinator

Donna joined the Southern Highlands Bereavement Care Service in June 2016, as the Co-ordinator  and counsellor.

“I have always had an interest in helping people through the grief and loss process and have worked extensively with the terminally ill, the aged, and people who have experienced the sudden and traumatic death of a loved one.  

I have a person-centred approach when working with my clients, drawing on grief and loss theory to inform my practice.  Grief is a normal human experience, however sometimes it can help to talk with someone who can truly listen and validate your experience.

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work at the Bereavement Care Service assisting people in the community to understand and cope in their journey through loss, grief and bereavement.”

Donna worked in the funeral industry as a consultant and educator in 2000 before taking up a position at Hawkesbury Hospital in Windsor as the Spiritual Care Co-ordinator for 4 years. She worked in the Aged Care sector for a further 9 years, and taught Diploma of Counselling for 2 years before her appointment at SHBCS.

Donna holds a B.App. Science, Grad. Dip. Counselling, Grad. Cert. in Health (Grief and Loss), Dip. Mgt and Cert. IV TAE. She is currently studying Masters of Social Work. She is a Member of the Australian Counselling Association.


Jo-Anne Craik-Cooper - Bereavement Counsellor

"Working with those who are experiencing grief and loss has been a passion of mine for many years largely stemming from personal experiences and the acknowledgement that our society isn't always comfortable with the expression of grief. It is an honour to work in this field, walking with and supporting those who are in the midst of a difficult phase of their life journey."
Jo-Anne has 10years experience working with Aged Care Assessment Teams assisting with residential placement and respite, supporting clients and carers through this process.  She has also worked in the Disability sector in similar roles.  Jo-Anne has volunteered with Palliative Care services providing support to community clients, and has been a telephone grief support volunteer with the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG) for the past 6 years.
Jo-Anne holds a B.Soc.Sci., Diploma of Counselling, and nearing completion of a Graduate Diploma of Counselling.  She has also completed several courses with the Bereavement C.A.R.E Centre in Sydney.

Donna Barnard and Monique Goliger often work together to bring awareness of the service in such events like "How Can We Help" - an Expo in Bowral of Community Health Organisations and various other Health Care providers. 

Management Committee Team

The service is managed by a management committee team drawn from the local area. Members bring experience and expertise from a range of areas, and are sensitive to the ongoing well being of bereaved individuals and families. The management team supports the staff and meets regularly with them to oversee the work of the service and to discuss directions and decisions. An annual general meeting is held at the end of each calendar year where members of the public are invited to attend.  


Rob Uhl - Secretary SHBCS


B.Soc Sci ( Welfare)

B. Science (Hons ) Psychology

Rob has worked for 10 years as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor in the Upper Hunter, NSW.

Director of Lifeline (Hunter and Newcastle)

Community Worker for the Southern Highlands

Active Rotary Member – particularly with youth 






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