We’ve been providing national leadership for Australia’s suicide prevention sector for more than 25 years
Our Role and Purpose
In 1992, suicide prevention advocate Alan Staines returned from an international conference with an ambitious plan to establish Australia’s first national voice for suicide and suicide prevention. Today, Suicide Prevention Australia is the peak body for suicide prevention in Australia, representing over 240 Members and Associates.
We work to build a stronger suicide prevention sector, a more aware and engaged community, and a more effective regulatory and funding environment. Together we can achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide.
A world without suicide
Delivering national leadership for the meaningful reduction of suicides in Australia
Our Board and Governance
Suicide Prevention Australia is governed by a Board of Directors in accordance with our Constitution. The Board is supported by SPA Management, SPA Members and people with lived experience of suicide as representatives of SPA governance committees. These include: the Policy Committee, Governance Committee, and Audit and Risk Committee.
In addition to supporting the effective governance of SPA, Members and people with lived experience of suicide help to guide our work as members of SPA program advisory committees. Members of our Board, governance and program committees are passionate advocates for suicide prevention in Australia and bring a wealth of work and lived experience to their role. We're grateful for the guidance and input. See our 2017-18 Year in Review and view our Strategic Direction 2017-2020.
Our Team and Values
Suicide Prevention Australia has a team of dedicated professionals working to achieve our vision of a world without suicide. We're a Member-first organisation that's guided by people with lived experience of suicide. That means delivering on our Objects to support, collaborate with and advocate for SPA Members, in a way that embraces the guidance of people with lived experience of suicide.
Integrity, Inclusivity, Respect, Collaboration and Innovation.
Suicide prevention is high quality, focused and collaborative.
It's been over 25 years since Suicide Prevention Australia was founded to provide a national voice for suicide and suicide prevention in Australia. Since that time we've worked tirelessly to prevent suicide by working to build a stronger suicide prevention sector, a more aware and engaged community, and a more effective regulatory and funding environment.
By supporting each other, collaborating and advocating effectively, Australia's suicide prevention sector has increased awareness of suicide as a priority public health concern. This has resulted in an improved policy and regulatory environment, better data and evidence, and more quality suicide prevention programs and services.
With more than 3000 Australians dying by suicide in 2017, there's more work to do. Suicide Prevention Australia, our Members and Associates will keep working together to achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide.