Message from the Conference Organising Committee
We are delighted to confirm that the 2018 conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia. The focus of the conference will centre around quality - in research, practice and speaking about lived experience. The program will be designed to bring to the fore quality as a foundation to enhance implementation of suicide prevention at the community level. We anticipate that you would focus on lived experience engagement and its importance to quality in suicide prevention.
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Thank you again to everyone who contributed to making the 2017 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 2018, the National Suicide Prevention Conference.
Professor Myf Maple
Chair, Program Advisory Committee
Program Advisory Committee
Professor Myf Maple (Chair)
Dr Phil Batterham
Dr Vanessa Lee
Professor Nicholas Procter
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
- 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
- Engagement with and for PHNs
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
*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.
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.
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.