National Suicide Prevention Conference 2020 Cancelled

Following extensive consideration, Suicide Prevention Australia has made the difficult decision to cancel the National Suicide Prevention Conference, Canberra on 20-23 July 2020. With the current advice from the Australian Government and the escalation of the COVID-19 risk, this decision was deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of delegates, staff, suppliers, speakers and the general public.

As you may know, the Australia Government has determined that all non-essential gatherings of 500 people of more are banned from 16 March 2020 due to COVID-19 until further notice.

While the conference is an incredibly important annual event for suicide prevention, our duty of care is paramount.

We will be reaching out to all those involved in the conference to provide further information.

I trust you understand and appreciate the complexity of this decision. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Please direct your questions to membership@suicidepreventionaust.org.

Nieves Murray
CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia

About the conference – One Voice – One Vision

The annual event attracts more than 650+ delegates from Australia and overseas. It’s an important opportunity for the suicide prevention sector to come together, share key learnings, network and help to move the sector forward; to achieve its goal of reducing the rate of suicide in Australia.

The purpose of the conference is to facilitate collaboration to achieve a common goal: a world without suicide. The 2020 conference theme, ‘One Voice – One Vision’ reflects the need for a unified approach in our quest to reduce suicide rates.

The conference program will showcase evidence-based solutions, bold ideas and community-led innovation. Delegates will be inspired to collaborate, share one voice and work towards reducing suicide rates.

“Suicide is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The SPA Conference is an important event for any individual or organisation who wants to participate fully in the conversation around suicide prevention. I have attended most years and have found it incredibly valuable in transferring knowledge, strengthening networks and learning more about emerging and promising interventions.”

Brendan Maher, Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Movember