Message from the Suicide Prevention Australia CEO

The 2019 National Suicide Prevention Conference will be held at the Pullman Albert Park in Melbourne, Victoria.

Each year, the Conference is held in a different location as a way of focusing our attention on the contributions made in all parts of Australia towards the shared vision of a World Free of Suicide.

This year’s theme is United In Action.

The theme reflects the unique nature of the National Suicide Prevention Conference, which is highly regarded for its ability to bring people from a wide range of backgrounds and communities together.  This unification enables delegates to learn from each other, network and have shared experiences.

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) has worked closely with a Program Advisory Committee consisting of Members from research, service provision and lived experience perspectives to develop a comprehensive program. More interest than ever before was received for this Conference.

This is also a time when Conference participants can obtain up-to-date information on policy and national program activities, such as the National Suicide Prevention Trial Sites, place-based and regional projects, and the crisis response and aftercare reforms that are underway.

Reflecting our deep concern to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in suicide prevention, the Conference program includes a specific indigenous stream of sessions.

Throughout the Conference program, lived experience expertise will inform the interpretation of the theme, so that United In Action can mean we are united with those people, families and communities that have felt the impact of suicide, and look forward with hope for change.

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We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the 2019 National Suicide Prevention Conference, Melbourne!

Nieves Murray
CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia

Program Advisory Committee

Stan Piperoglou (Chair)
Associate Professor Phil Batterham
Marc Bryant
Joe Calleja
Sarah Coker
Bronwen Edwards
Graeme Holdsworth
Dr Vanessa Lee
Sally Morris
Professor Nicholas Procter
Hayley Purdon
Dr Lennart Reifels
Dr Vicki Ross
Ross Sargeant
Fiona Shand
Alan Woodward

About the Conference

The annual Conference attracts more than 600 delegates from Australia and abroad. 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.

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
  • 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
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

LiFE Awards

Recognising outstanding contributions to suicide prevention in Australia

Sponsored by Lifeline Australia

Presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference, the annual LiFE Awards recognise excellence in suicide prevention. This prestigious national event attracts nominations from all areas with an interest in suicide prevention from all over Australia, including business, industry, media, commu nity, government, youth, research and medicine. Every year we are overwhelmed with the number of quality nominations received that showcase the exciting, innovative and diverse range of work being undertaken within the field.

Nominees typically range from mainstream programs to local ‘grassroots’ 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.

Each year, in addition to the prestigious LiFE Awards across a number of categories, the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia considers two very special awards—the Leadership Award and the LiFEtime Achievement Award. The Leadership LiFE Award and LiFEtime Achievement Award recipients are proposed to the Suicide Prevention Australia Board by SPA Members and Associates.

Congratulations to the 2019 LiFE Award Finalists, winners will be announced on 23 July 2019.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Adriel Burley & Tony Lee
  • Communities Matter Individual: Justin Geange & Pauline Neil
  • Communities Matter Organisation: JewishCare & Lifeline Australia
  • Emerging / Early Career Researcher: Dr Angela Nicholas & Dr Lay San (Tiffany) Too
  • Media: Illawarra Mercury & Mid North Coast Local Health District Integrated Multi-Media Unit
  • Workplace: Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services, Mental Health and Specialist Services & Hydro Tasmania