Publications

For education and support

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) develops a number of publications to educate, inform and support families and friends of missing persons, police, professionals and the general public.

*Update* 4th March 2019, the NMPCC in collaboration with the University of New England and public health researcher Dr Sarah Wayland are proud to release the updated counselling framework Acknowledging The Empty Space (PDF 6MB) for all health practitioners and professionals. Further information on this publication can be found below.

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Acknowledging The Empty Space

Providing support to families and friends of missing persons is a role that can fall to police, support agencies, health practitioners, media or other family and friends.

There is currently no model of counselling that allows health practitioners and professionals to adequately explore the specific needs of families who are left behind. While there is grief support available, it does not take into account the long-term ramifications of never gaining closure when a loved one's location remains unknown.

In response to this, the NMPCC in collaboration with the University of New England and public health researcher Dr Sarah Wayland, have developed the publication Acknowledging The Empty Space (PDF 6MB). This national counselling framework aims to assist health practitioners and professionals in understanding the trauma and impact on families of missing persons and how they can best support those who are left behind.

To receive a printed version of this publication, please contact us.

The publication 'Acknowledging The Empty Space' supersedes the previous NMPCC produced counselling framework publication 'Supporting Those Left Behind' 2007.

The SOS Guide: Missing Persons

Every missing person investigation will be different depending on the individual circumstances of a disappearance. The SOS Guide: Missing Persons (2017) (5 MB) has been developed to provide general guidance on how to navigate legal and practical matters during the disappearance of a family member or friend.

 

Factsheets - Using the media

Using the media

Missing Person Vasiley Minenko

Vasiley MINENKO

Vasiley Minenko born April 1902 had a history of going for long walks.  He was last seen by his wife on 31 October 1978 when he walked out of the house.  ...

Missing Person Margaret Sarnek

Margaret SARNEK

Margaret Sarnek was reported missing by her husband Tad Sarnek. She was last seen on 22 August 1975 in George Town. Margaret has three children and had migrated to Tasmania...

Missing Person Gregory Christiansen

Gregory CHRISTIANSEN

Gregory Christiansen disappeared on 7 January 2003 after telling the manager of a local hostel in Port Germein, South Australia that he was going for a walk. He had...

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