The Arterial 2019 – August Edition

August is always a busy month for MFE, as well as a cold one for those of us in Melbourne!

AIFP Exhibit & Conference

The Association of Independent Funeral Professional was very generous in the offer of complimentary tickets to their 2019 Conference in Melbourne for MFE students earlier this month.

MFE were delighted to be able to exhibit at the 2019 AIFP Conference, as well as attend the conference sessions. I was particularly interested in the session by Asha Martin from Requiem Funeral Technology, who has designed a website/app that allows people to make their own funeral bookings online, accessing a number of funeral service providers. I will definitely be looking forward to seeing the launch off this new product in the next couple of months at

Another session that was of particular interest was entitled “Lifting the Lid on the Industry”, which was a panel discussion led by journalist and author Kellie Curtain. Guests on the panel included an End of Life Consultant, an Embalmer, a Funeral Director, a Transport (Transfer) Professional, a Celebrant and a Manager from Melbourne’s Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, representing Cemeterians. I enjoyed hearing the differing perspectives on topics raised in this session from this group of funeral professionals.

MFE exhibit generated much interest at the AIFP 2019 Conference held in Melbourne in August.

MFE welcomes new students at our Melbourne August Workshops

It was great to see some new students at our Certificate IV in Embalming course held in Melbourne this month. First timers Caden Buchan (VIC), Jamie Crossley (VIC) and Jack Martin (VIC) all seemed to enjoy both the classroom and practical sessions. MFE was also delighted to welcome back Joseph Dias (VIC) who had deferred from the course a few years ago, but has returned to continue his studies. The MFE student cohort continues to grow with our newest distance learning student – Jayme-Lee Borg (NSW). A warm welcome to all our new students this month.

MFE students attending Melbourne August Workshops.
From Left – Paul Carter, Makayla McQueen, Jamie Crossley, Jack Martin, Alex Brauer, Caden Buchan and Joseph Dias.
Head tutor Ian Warren engages students with a variety of interactive learning activities.
Do you know your bones?
Makayla and Alex with new students, Jack, Joseph & Jamie

Latest news on online learning

MFE is excited to announce the introduction of our first online interactive unit for our Certificate IV in Embalming Course. New students will be able to enter their activities directly online for assessment, starting with Module 1 – Occupational Health & Safety! Watch this space as we add extra units and resources for students, including videos, webinars and more interactive learning opportunities.

Don’t forget that we welcome student news, photos and/or articles from past and present students.

Please email your submissions to: The editor, Priscilla Nelson at

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