Message from the Conference Organising Committee
We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Queensland, 26 – 29 July 2017. The theme Relationships, resilience and respect: Responding to vulnerability in life will be designed to bring to the fore these thematic issues in suicide prevention and how they may help or hinder implementation of initiatives at the community level.
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Thank you again to everyone who contributed to making the 2016 conference a success. We appreciate the candour and care in which sponsors, speakers, presenters, exhibitors, delegates and counsellors exchanged ideas and lessons learned. I am sure I am not alone in heading back to my workplace and community with a renewed sense of energy, direction and inspiration.
We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the premier, multidisciplinary, educational event in the suicide prevention sector in 2017, the National Suicide Prevention Conference.
Associate Professor Myf Maple
Chair, Program Advisory Committee
Program Advisory Committee
Associate Professor Myf Maple (Chair)
Dr Phil Batterham
Ms Jacinta Hawgood
Ms Nikki Kelso
Dr Vanessa Lee
Ms Sue Murray
Ms Jo Robinson
Mr Alan Woodward
Ms Alison Xamon
About the Conference
Suicide Prevention Australia Chairman Murray Bleach says of conference plans, "We are very excited to host the conference in Brisbane this year following an excellent 2016 conference supported by our friends in Canberra, ACT. Our members are asking for more opportunities to network and collaborate and the National Suicide Prevention Conference is not only a chance to get together and challenge each other on what works and what doesn't in suicide prevention, but a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our shared priorities with political leaders in beautiful Brisbane.”
Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) presents the annual National Suicide Prevention Conference to benefit those who are working in, and supported by, suicide prevention programs. Attracting over 400 delegates, the conference is recognised by governments, sector leaders and people with lived experience as an important vehicle for ensuring that those with responsibility for delivering services, are able to provide the best available support to those who are vulnerable, at-risk and/or disenfranchised in a timely and effective manner.
Aims of the Conference
- Increase sector commitment to participate in a collaborative approach to suicide prevention
- Enhance community participation in suicide prevention activities
- Facilitate the continuation and development of quality suicide prevention initiatives
Key Elements of the Conference
- Plenary sessions showcasing the best work from around the globe and in Australia.
- Recognising the importance of the voice of lived experience, the Program will have strong representation from people with a lived experience of suicide.
- Abstract presentations highlighting the intersection of Research, Policy, Practice and Lived Experience.
- LiFE Awards ceremony
- In-depth workshops alongside the conference
- Members’ forum
Who will Attend?
The demographic of the delegates will be broad and extend to all facets of the suicide prevention and mental health sectors.
Allied Health Professionals
First responders - Emergency Service / Defence / Police / Volunteer personnel
Health Professionals Local/State/Governments
People with Lived Experience of Suicide*
Private Health Services
Public Health Services
Rural Mental Health providers Social Workers
*Suicide Prevention Australia defines a lived experience of suicide as having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has attempted suicide, been bereaved by suicide, or having been touched by suicide in another way.
Suicide Prevention Australia remembers those we have lost to suicide and acknowledges the suffering suicide brings when it touches our lives. We are brought together by experience and unified by hope.