WALTER MIKAC, B. Pharm. (AU)
Traumatic Bereavement Specialist
Victoria, Australia

Walter Mikac lost his family at Australia’s largest mass murder in 1996. Since then, Walter, a pharmacist, has become a professional speaker and an acclaimed author of several books relating to surviving sudden traumatic loss. He is also the founder of the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation, a charity established in memory of his wife and two daughters who were killed in the spree shootings at Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia (during which a gunman took 35 lives within a matter of a few hours). Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, is the foundation’s international patron. The AMF’s chief function is to assist the victims of sudden crime and death. It also runs a highly successful anti-bullying program in primary schools throughout Australia. Walter has been named an Australian National “Living Treasure”, (National Trust of Australia -1997), in recognition of his achievements in helping other victims of violent crime. Walter successfully lobbied the Government for tighter gun control resulting in a uniform national gun policy in 1996. He is the patron of the Australian Centre of Grief and Bereavement. Walter’s motivational speaking has touched many from school children to corporate executives as he shares his message of overcoming adversity and turning crisis into contribution.