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NSPC 2017

  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
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Message from the Conference Organising Committee

Thank you for helping make the 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference such 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’ve had some great feedback and are looking forward to making the 2019 conference even better. We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the premier, multidisciplinary, educational event in the suicide prevention sector in 2019, the National Suicide Prevention Conference.

Stay tuned for our announcement on the 2019 location.

Professor Myf Maple
Chair, Program Advisory Committee

Program Advisory Committee

Professor Myf Maple (Chair)
Barb Ahmat
Dr Phil Batterham
Joe Calleja
Jacinta Hawgood
Nikki Kelso
Lynne James
Michelle Kwan
Dr Vanessa Lee
Martina McGrath
Sally Modystach
Sue Murray
Professor Nicholas Procter
Hayley Purdon

About the Conference

Suicide Prevention Australia Chairman Murray Bleach says of conference plans, "We are very excited to host the conference in Adelaide this year following unprecedented growth and a wonderful 2017 conference supported by our friends in Brisbane, Queensland. 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 Adelaide."

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 500 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
Key Elements of the Conference
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
Community representatives
Educations Institutions
First responders - Emergency Service / Defence / Police / Volunteer personnel
General Practitioners
Health Professionals Local/State/Governments

Non-Government Organisations
People with Lived Experience of Suicide*
Policy Makers
Private Health Services
Private Practitioners
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.

Duty of Care and Safe Language

The National Suicide Prevention Conference has a wide range of delegates from diverse backgrounds, including a high percentage who personally identify as having a lived experience of suicide. Suicide Prevention Australia aligns its work with the evidence-based guidelines published by Member Organisation, Everymind and we encourage all presenters to listen to this short video and align your presentation and conversations at the Conference.

View Video


The purpose of the National Suicide Prevention Conference bursary program is to enable individuals with a lived experience of suicide who are actively involved in suicide prevention activities, to attend the conference. There are numerous barriers that can make it difficult for individuals impacted by suicide to attend the conference. The availability of bursaries is intended to help overcome some of these barriers in order to ensure representation of those with lived experience in discussions and activities about suicide prevention.

Bursary Application Period Has Closed:
The period for bursary applications has closed at 7.00pm AEST 28 February 2018.
If you are interested in applying for a bursary for the 2019 Conference, please register your interest to receive updates relating to the 2019 conference by clicking here.

Notification of status of your application:
All bursary applicants will receive communication of the outcome of their application and successful applicants will be notified by email or telephone by 30 May 2018.

Dates of Conference:
Bursary applicants need to be able to attend all days of the conference, from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 July 2018. Bursary scholarships do not include pre-conference workshops.

I was so delighted to receive a bursary to attend the 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded people, learn about programs and services within Australia (and overseas), and develop my own knowledge and understanding of this important topic.

It is important however, to consider your application carefully, as the conference isn’t a place to find healing or therapy.

The conference has inspired me to continue my work in suicide prevention and intervention, become more involved with my peers, and work to reduce the number of suicides both in my local community and nationally. I am committed to speaking openly on the topic of suicide, so that the stigma lessens, and we can approach it with empathy and compassion.

Sharon Chisholm
2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference Bursary Recipient and Member of the SPA Lived Experience Network

LiFE Awards

The LiFE Awards are a prestigious national event that attract nominations from all areas including business, industry, media, community, government, youth research and medicine – all with an interest in suicide prevention. Nominations are received from all over Australia, and every year we are overwhelmed with the number of quality nominations received showcasing the exciting, innovative and diverse range of programs being undertaken within the field.

Nominees typically range from mainstream programs to local ‘grass roots’ organisations and dedicated individuals. The Awards celebrate the commitment and energy of the nominees and their vital contribution to the reduction of suicide within our communities.

Join our conference email list to ensure you are notified as soon as the nomination portal is open.

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.

bursary Information

Life Awards

Suicide Prevention Australia