NATIONAL TWIN LOSS SUPPORT

                                                                                      Established in SA Oct. 1992

Founder of the NTLS Organisation

 
 

 

image003Lynne McPherson is the Founder of National Twin Loss Support, established in October 1992, and based in Adelaide, South Australia. Lynne trained as a volunteer bereavement counsellor through Lutheran Community Care and Bonnie Babes during the 1990’s.

 

The lack of credible and reliable resource material for multiple birth loss families to access started Lynne on a journey of discovery. In 2001 she gathered together a team of close bereavement care colleagues, including Dr Jane Warland PhD, Julie Bryant, Founder of OzMOST, and Lynda P Haddon from Multiple Births Canada, and created the ‘Apex Australia Twin Loss Awareness Kit’.

 

Since that time she has remained focused upon creating new resources and educating the wider community about the specialised needs of multiple birth loss families and their surviving multiple birth children.

 

Written under her former married name of 'Schulz', Lynne is the author of the books, “The Diary” 1st ed. published 1998 and 2nd ed. published 2014, (inspired by her daughter Megan’s life), “The Survivor” 1st ed. published 2003 and 2nd ed. published 2015, (inspired by her son Rhys’ life), and "Future's Hope" 1st ed. published in 2018. “The Diary” celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008. "The Survivor" celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. All three books form to create a twin loss trilogy.

  

Involved in community service work for many years, Lynne was President of the Apex Club of Murray Bridge during 2007/2008. Currently working in Government Administration, Lynne was previously a professional martial arts instructor, teaching freestyle karate for over 14 years.

 

Lynne has a varied educational background, having earned TAFE college certificates in Government III and IV (Procurement), Basic Accounting, Business Practice, and Justice Studies Certificate III and IV (Court Administration). In 2012 Lynne completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, with the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

 

In recognising the work done by National Twin Loss Support since 1992, Lynne won the Short-listed Category for the 2009 National Centre for Leadership of Women (CLW), 'Leadership Award for Women', presented on International Women’s Day in March. As a result of her achievements she was presented with Honourary membership of CLW.

 

During 2008-2010 Lynne conducted a twin loss research project which studied the impact upon 15 bereaved mothers in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. In 2015 Lynne began a subsequent twin loss research project which investigated the impact upon adult survivors and their singleton siblings. This project concluded in 2017 and became the basis for the third book in her twin loss trilogy; 'Future's Hope'.

 

In 2017 as part of an office joke, Lynne created a series of adult coffee-table style books which focused on a new character called "The Government Goose". These books are available through Amazon and Lulu publishing, and like the twin loss trilogy, all are available in e-book format, exclusively with Lulu Publishing. "The Goose" became the avenue through which Lynne could educate people about using humour as a respite from the grieving process. This character has become so popular that he not only has his own Facebook page with his own dedicated group of followers, but he has proudly become the Mascot of NTLS!

 

 

 

 

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