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NSPC 2017

  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017
  • National Suicide Prevention Conference Australia 2017

Program

Information coming soon.

Speakers

Professor Ella Arensman

Professor Ella Arensman
Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation
Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland
President, International Association for Suicide Prevention

Professor Ella Arensman is Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Research Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. She is President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) with members in more than 70 countries. She is Vice President of the European Alliance Against Depression. She has been involved in research and prevention into suicide and self-harm for 30 years, with emphasis on risk and protective factors associated with suicide and self-harm and effectiveness of suicide prevention and self-harm intervention programmes. In addition to more than 100 papers published in peer review journals, she has published numerous reports for government departments, health and community services.

Professor Ad Kerkhof

Professor Ad Kerkhof
Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Suicide Prevention Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ad Kerkhof (1952) has a track record of over 30 years of research into suicide and suicide prevention. He was particularly interested in the delivery of health care to suicidal patients, such as the management of suicide attempters in general hospitals, the implementation of evidence based guidelines for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior in health care, and the training of mental health care staff into suicide prevention skills, etc. Currently he is involved in developing a mobile phone based safety plan for depressed and suicidal patients who receive treatment, and in testing a EMDR treatment for suicidal flash forwards, frequently observed in the presuicidal syndrome phase. He recently published a Dutch screening instrument for suicide risk among adolescents, taking into consideration youth from divers cultural backgrounds. He was involved in the development and testing of an online intervention for suicidal thinking, in The Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium, and in Australia under the name of Healthy Thinking, by Bregje van Spijker and Helen Christensen. Ad Kerkhof also is an experienced clinician treating suicidal patients with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and he also helps survivors of suicide.

Dr. Kim Van Orden

Dr. Kim Van Orden
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York, USA

Kim Van Orden, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She received her PhD in 2009 from Florida State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester. Her research and clinical interests are in the promotion of social connectedness to prevent late-life suicide. She has published extensively on the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, which she helped co-develop, refine, and test. She is co-author of the book, The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Guidance for Working with Suicidal Clients. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kim also maintains an active clinical practice providing evidence-based psychotherapy to older adults.

She serves on various national and international scientific committees and she is an expert advisor for WHO with involvement in advisory boards and delegations, such as South Korea, Egypt and Afghanistan. She encourages international collaboration in suicide prevention and research by bridging the gap between researchers and policymakers in order to strengthen the implementation of national suicide prevention programmes.

LiFE Awards

The Annual LiFE Awards recognise excellence in suicide prevention and are presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference. The LiFE Awards are a prestigious national event that attract nominations from all areas including business, industry, media, community, government – 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 2017 Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) celebrates the 15th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention. Click here to nominate an individual or organisation for a LiFE Award today!

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central
Cost: Included in Full Registration

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.

Conference Dinner & LiFE Awards

Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central
Cost: Included in Full Registration

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

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.