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 Kirste Gordon

Kirste GORDON

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Gregory BENNETT

Gregory Christopher Bennett was last seen by a friend on the 4th of November 1988 at a Lemongrove address.

He may have frequented the Blue Mountains area. His family...

Missing Person Paul Rushworth

Paul RUSHWORTH

Paul Rushworth has been missing since 13 September 2013. Paul was last seen at 5am that morning when he went for a walk, he later phoned his partner at 7.30am from Circular...

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