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NSPC 2018

  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2018


Pre-Conference Workshops, Monday 23 July 2018

Pre-Conference workshops are all held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, and include tea and coffee on arrival, and lunch served (at the end of morning workshops and before afternoon workshops). These workshops will run concurrently.

Registration for workshops is essential because places are limited.

These workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn from international and local experts in suicide prevention and they sell out fast!

The Zero Suicide in Healthcare Initiative: An International Declaration and Social Movement

David Covington, LPC, MBA
CEO and President, RI International, Arizona, USA

“We are at the beginning of this journey and we start out from the core value that none of our patients should die alone and in despair by suicide.” There are now hundreds of Zero Suicide programs in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Canada, and New Zealand. Designed to replicate/adapt the Henry Ford model, an international declaration is growing an emerging social movement. Zero Suicide IS the belief that a systems approach to robust quality improvement will yield a reduction in deaths among those served by healthcare systems. It’s both a bold goal and aspirational challenge, while also a belief that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are, in fact, preventable.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Introduce audience to the tenets of the Zero Suicide in Healthcare model
  2. Participants will understand the impacts upon healthcare workers not trained to support those at risk of suicide
  3. Participants will understand and engage in discussions about the replication and implementation of these principles in different cultures

Lived Experience Session and Reflection Ceremony

The Lived Experience Session provides an opportunity to explore how different individuals in different settings and places can learn from and support each other. Afternoon tea is included and will be served after the Lived Experience Session.

The Reflection Ceremony is a supportive opportunity to consider all aspects of our lives – past and present – surrounded by others who also have a lived experience of suicide.

Note: The Lived Experience Session and Reflection Ceremony are included with full registrations, however you will need to indicate your attendance when you register for the Conference.

Tickets at $25 for people who wish to attend the Lived Experience Session and Reflection Ceremony and who are not attending the Conference.


Information coming soon.


David Covington

David Covington, LPC, MBA
CEO and President, RI International, Arizona, USA

David Covington, LPC, MBA serves as CEO and President of RI International, is a partner in Behavioral Health Link, co-founder of CrisisTech 360 and leads the international initiatives “Crisis Now,” “Zero Suicide” and “Peer 2.0.” He is a two-time national winner of the Council of State Governments Innovations Award, in 2008 with the Georgia Crisis & Access Line and again in 2012 with Magellan Health. For five consecutive years, he competed as a national finalist in innovations competitions, including Harvard’s Innovations in American Government in 2009, and was featured in Business Week magazine (Innovate Timeline).

He is an acclaimed global speaker and blogger having visited 35 countries (Where in the World Is?), with top-ranked TED-style Talks and conference keynotes. Previously he served as Vice-President at Magellan Health responsible for the executive and clinical operations of the $750 million per year contract with Arizona Medicaid. Mr. Covington is a member of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) established in 2017 in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act to report to Congress on advances in behavioural health.

Mr. Covington is the President-Elect of the American Association of Suicidology and has served on its Board of Directors since 2014. He has served on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Executive Committee since it was created in 2010, co-chairing task forces on clinical care and crisis services (Research Publications). In 2016, he became the Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline SAMHSA Steering Committee after serving as Vice-Chair from its creation in 2005. He also served on the National Council for Behavioral Health Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014.

Mr. Covington’s management history also includes CEO of Behavioral Health Link and Director of Public Sector Quality Management at APS Healthcare. He is a licensed professional counsellor and has an MBA from Kennesaw State and a Master’s of Science from the University of Memphis. His personal achievements include the 2008 Boston marathon and 2013 Fear Factor.

Keith Hawton

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Professor Keith Hawton
Director, Centre for Suicide Research
University Department of Psychiatry
Warneford Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom

Professor Keith Hawton is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University. For more than forty years he and his research group have been conducting investigations concerning the causes, treatment, prevention and outcome of suicidal behaviour. He has published more than 500 papers and chapters and 15 books. He has received the Stengel Research Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (1995), the Dublin Career Research Award from the American Association of Suicidology (2000), the Research Award of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2002), a Life Achievement Award presented at the European Symposium of Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour (2012), the Morselli Medal from the International Association of Suicide Research, Montreal (2013) and the Finnish Psychiatric Association Medal (2014). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Hawton has a particular interest in epidemiology and clinical management of self-harm, suicide and self-harm in adolescents, media influences on self-harm and evaluation of suicide prevention initiatives.

Carol Hopkins

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Carol Hopkins
Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, Ontario, Canada

Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (a division of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation) and is of the Lenape Nation at Moraviantown, ON.

Carol Hopkins has spent over 20 years in the field of First Nations addictions and mental health. She holds both a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and a degree in sacred Indigenous Knowledge, equivalent to a PhD in western based education systems.

Carol also holds a sessional faculty position in the school of social work at Kings University College at Western University.

Carol has co-chaired national initiatives known for best practice in national policy review and development, resulting in the: First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (FNMWC), the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations in Canada, the Indigenous Wellness Framework, and best practice guidelines for culturally based inhalant abuse treatment. Carol has also inspired the development of the Native Wellness Assessment. In recognition of this work, Carol received the Champions of Mental Health Award 2015 for Research/Clinician, the Health Canada Innovations Award, is a member of the leadership advisory council to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care and was invited by Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, to join the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Session on the World Drug Problem. Carol also is an invited member of the Mental Health Advisory Council to the Federal Minister of Health.

Kathryn Turner

Dr. Kathryn Turner
Clinical Director
Mental Health & Specialist Services, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Queensland

Kathryn is a Psychiatrist and currently Clinical Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services in the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Kathryn has an interest in service development and continuous improvement in safety and quality in the public health system. She was involved in leading the development of the Early Psychosis Service on the Gold Coast, and was part of the team that won a state-wide award for involvement of consumers in that service development process.

In 2015, Kathryn was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary, in recognition of her collaborative work with Rotary in providing an annual forum on Youth Mental Health on the Gold Coast.

Kathryn is leading the team introducing a Zero Suicide approach to reduce the incidence of suicide and are changing the mindset to prevent suicide.

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.

In 2018 Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) celebrates the 16th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention. Click here to nominate an individual or organisation for a LiFE Award today!

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

Social Program

Conference Dinner & LiFE Awards

Date: Tuesday 24 July 2018
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets: $135 per person

This evening is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with other Conference delegates, while being entertained, wined and dined - a night not to be missed!

Networking Function

Date: Wednesday 25 July 2018
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Foyer E, Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets: $70 per person

This function will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues, renew past connections and make new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.

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.