Message from the Conference Organising Committee

We are delighted to confirm that the 2019 Conference will be held in Melbourne, Victoria. The 2019 Conference theme is all about collective action. Suicide Prevention Australia is keen to develop a program, grounded in lived experience, that embraces diversity in suicide prevention programs and services, encourages innovation and enhances their evidence-base.

SPA is putting together a robust, engaging program of national and international keynote speakers, and looks forward to complementing that with a suite of presentations from people and organisations all over Australia.

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Thank you again to everyone who contributed to making the 2018 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 was not alone in having returned 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 2019, the National Suicide Prevention Conference.

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, community, 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.

Submit your nomination by 22 March 2019 here and read the Information Sheet here.

Submit LiFE Awards Nomination

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 all of the 2018 LiFE Award recipients:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Babana Aboriginal
  • Emerging / Early Career Researcher: Alison Kennedy
  • Workplace: Huon Aquaculture
  • Media: Dannielle Miller
  • Communities Matter (Individual): Joe Williams
  • Communities Matter (Organisation): Far North Queensland Suicide Prevention Taskforce
  • Leadership Award: Jorgen Gullestrup