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Join us in 2020

Organised by Suicide Prevention Australia, the National Suicide Prevention Conference (NSPC) is the pre-eminent event of the year for suicide prevention. The conference is highly regarded for its opportunities to collaborate, network and learn about new approaches to suicide prevention.

The conference attracts people from across the sector including administrators, researchers, health professionals, service providers, thought leaders, policy makers and people with lived experience of suicide. The conference is a unique and powerful opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas. Basically, it’s a power-house of the best minds, coming together for robust debate and thought leadership.

Suicide impacts people in many ways. For some, it’s about the loss of a loved one, for others it’s the experience of surviving an attempt to end their life, and for others it’s about caring for a person experiencing a suicidal crisis. With this in mind, we acknowledge everyone who has been impacted by suicide.

There are thousands of Australian’s working collaboratively to achieve a meaningful reduction in suicide. This includes governments, the suicide prevention and healthcare sectors, workplaces, schools and communities.

Never before in Australia have we seen so much momentum driving suicide prevention to the fore, making it a priority for both government and the community. The 2020 conference is an important opportunity to harness this momentum, facilitate productive and sustainable discussions, whilst working towards one mission; a world without suicide.

The time to take action is now. Over 10 million Australian adults are estimated to know someone who has died by suicide and 1 in 2 young people are impacted by suicide by the time they turn 25. Support our conference and help reduce the rates of suicide in our community.

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We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the National Suicide Prevention Conference 2020, Canberra!

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.

Key dates to add to your diary

Call for abstracts open14 October 2019
Call for abstracts close06 December 2019
Abstract authors notified of outcomeJanuary 2020
Registration opens10 February 2020
LiFE Awards nominations open17 February 2020
LiFE Awards nominations close13 March 2020
Bursary applications open16 March 2020
Bursary applications close17 April 2020
Early bird registration closes24 April 2020
Bursary recipients notified28 May 2020
Last day for speakers to register28 May 2020
LiFE Awards finalists announcedMay 2020


About the Program

The five program streams for the 2020 National Suicide Prevention Conference are policy, research, programs and services, innovation and priority populations.

These streams aim to inform, educate and provide the opportunity to engage in vibrant discussion.

This conference enables all to share our work and our thoughts with the goal of speaking with one voice on common goals to meet our mission of reducing suicide in Australia.

The conference will include plenary sessions and keynote addresses showcasing innovative ideas, outstanding Australian and global projects and existing and future research and policy directions.

An overview of the five streams:

Policy – Providing the opportunity to participate in the drive for effective policy to prevent suicide with a whole of government approach. This stream will enable input from a wide array of stakeholders including senior policy makers at all levels of Government.

Research – Showcasing the current and emerging innovative evidence base in suicide prevention research

Programs and Services – Sharing in the breadth and depth of quality suicide prevention programs and services across Australia and internationally to inform and enhance service provision in our sector.

Innovation – Focusing on innovative approaches in suicide prevention and exploring risk and protective factors including areas such as relationship breakdown, housing and financial stress and unemployment, public health infrastructure, access to more effective services and social connectedness.

Priority Populations – Identifying existing and emerging priority populations and innovative approaches to suicide prevention for these vulnerable groups.

Recognising the importance of the voice of lived experience, the program will have strong representation from people with a lived experience of suicide. We will be encouraging all speakers to ensure that the lived experience voice is included in their presentations.

There will be more information on speakers to come, please check back at the website for details.

Conference Outcomes
  • 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
Conference Delegates

The conference appeals to a diverse audience including academics, service providers, educators, private sector, government, mental health advocates, social welfare leaders and people with lived experience.

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