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.
Suicide Prevention Australia provides a limited number of bursary scholarships to assist people with lived experience to attend the conference. We are grateful to our many supporters who provide funding support for this bursary scholarship program, including:
- Mental Health Commission of NSW
- North Western Melbourne PHN
- Senator Rachel Siewert
Bursary applications will open on 1 December 2017.
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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.
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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.