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NSPC 2017

  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
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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
Joe Calleja
Jacinta Hawgood
Stephen Holland
Nikki Kelso
Lynne James
Michelle Kwan
Dr Vanessa Lee
Martina McGrath
Sally Modystach
Sue Murray
Professor Nicholas Procter
Hayley Purdon

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
Key Elements of the Conference
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

*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.

Bursary Information

Download Bursary Application

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:

Bursary applications will open on 1 December 2017.

Join our conference email list to ensure you are notified as soon as the application portal is open.

I was so delighted to receive a bursary to attend the 2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded people, learn about programs and services within Australia (and overseas), and develop my own knowledge and understanding of this important topic.

It is important however, to consider your application carefully, as the conference isn’t a place to find healing or therapy.

The conference has inspired me to continue my work in suicide prevention and intervention, become more involved with my peers, and work to reduce the number of suicides both in my local community and nationally. I am committed to speaking openly on the topic of suicide, so that the stigma lessens, and we can approach it with empathy and compassion.

Sharon Chisholm
2017 National Suicide Prevention Conference Bursary Recipient and Member of the SPA Lived Experience Network

LiFE Awards

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.

bursary Information

Life Awards

Suicide Prevention Australia