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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

Program

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!

Crisis Now: The National Action Alliance Model for Urgent and Emergency Care in Mental Health

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

Date: Monday 23 July 2018
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: $150

In 2016, the National Action Alliance, a US-based public-private partnership, convened a crisis services task which released the best practice recommendations “Crisis Now: Transforming Services is Within Our Reach.” In 2017, the 21st Century Cures Act mandated a report to the US Congress on the outcomes in the mental health system, which included a central focus on the Crisis Now model. In partnership with NASMHPD, RI International created a business case for Crisis Now, defining the outcomes of a crisis continuum compared with more traditional approaches relying on inpatient care alone.

Learning Objectives:

Honouring Our Strengths: Indigenous Culture as Intervention in Addressing Substance Misuse

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

Date: Monday 23 July 2018
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: $150

A valid assessment instrument to measure the impact of First Nations cultural interventions on client wellness was developed using indigenous knowledge as a foundation. Additional knowledge translation tools are also presented: Indigenous wellness indicators, indigenous knowledge based definition of culture and wellness.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will have:

  1. Increased knowledge of an indigenous framework with indicators of wellness
  2. Increased knowledge about the importance of collaboration and partnership with Indigenous people for conducting research that has a foundation of Indigenous cultural knowledge as evidence.
  3. Increased knowledge about an indigenous wellness assessment instrument.
Early Career Researcher Workshop (Including Three Minute Thesis competition)

Sponsored by University of New England

Date: Monday 23 July 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $0 - places are strictly limited so register now

Planning out a research career is rewarding and challenging. The competition for postdoctoral opportunities continues to grow. Yet, some of the most innovative and challenging suicide prevention work is being done by PhD and early career researchers. The challenge therefore is to ensure that these new voices are heard within the sector.

The Early Career Researcher workshop has two goals - to provide a rich forum to guide development of a successful postdoctoral trajectory with guidance from established researchers, and to provide a unique opportunity for the best three 3MT papers to be presented in a plenary session, alongside our international and national speakers.

Download Early Career Research Workshop Flyer

Suicide Prevention Hub – Best Practice Programs and Services

Date: Monday 23 July 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $150

The improvement of quality standards requires a national, whole-of-sector approach and support among service providers, Federal and State Government funding agencies, and other stakeholders delivering regional, evidence-based approaches to suicide prevention programs and services to meet localised needs.

The Suicide Prevention Hub: Best Practice Programs and Services (The Hub) is a user-friendly and publicly available, evidence-based online resource. It will support and inform Government and other providers involved in service planning and commissioning of suicide prevention activities at a local and regional level by assessing the quality of programs and services based on the best available evidence. The Hub is the first resource of its kind in Australia aimed at sharing knowledge about what works in suicide prevention and why, and identifying areas where programs and services may need strengthening or enhancement. Through The Hub, organisations may be eligible for mentoring support to build capacity in program design and/or evaluation. The Hub is an important step in driving continuous quality improvement of suicide prevention activities being delivered to communities.

This pre-conference workshop will step through:

This will be a joint workshop between Suicide Prevention Australia, Orygen The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and The University of Melbourne.

Alternatives to Suicide

Joe Calleja
Project Officer, Alternatives to Suicide, MercyCare

Lyn Millett
Executive Director, Family and Community Services, MercyCare

Emery Wishart
Facilitator, ATS

Kelsey Radford
Facilitator, ATS

Date: Monday 23 July 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $150

Historically, people have believed that it was too dangerous to offer peer-to-peer support groups focused on the topic of suicide without a clinician present. There are many myths and fears around this sort of group and around suicide in general. However, as a community Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community has found strength in coming together to talk about many 'taboo' topics and to support one another in our times of greatest distress. Our collective wisdom and individual stories have taught us that the space to come together in this way can be powerful and healing. It is out of this work and learning that the Alternatives to Suicide approach was born.

Watch the video of an Alternatives to Suicide presentation provided by the trainers in Perth Western Australia , then join SPA member Joe Calleja and Lyn Millett from MercyCare WA for a Q&A on how this is being introduced in Western Australia.

Supporting Best Practice Lived Experience Communication in Suicide Prevention

Everymind (Mindframe) and Roses in the Ocean

Date: Monday 23 July 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $150

The aim of this workshop is to understand the core principles for best practice communication in suicide prevention through the engagement of lived experience. Participants will be provided with three educational sessions from Everymind’s Mindframe and Life in Mind projects and Roses in the Ocean covering the concepts of best practice communications for suicide prevention and the role of lived experience in supporting suicide prevention messaging. Participants will then form small groups to workshop a specific scenario (e.g. workplace setting, regional/PHN setting etc.) on engaging lived experience for suicide prevention communication activities. Participants will be provided with an opportunity for whole group feedback to share learnings from each of the scenarios. The session will be supported by a summary report to be circulated to all participants for their future use and reference.

Reflection Ceremony

Date: Wednesday 25 July 2018
Time: 10.00am - 10.30am
Cost: $nil

All delegates and community members are invited to attend the Reflection Ceremony.

The Reflection Ceremony provides a space and process to remember the deep and personal impact that suicide has when it enters our life. We can easily get lost in the models and statistics of suicide and forget the raw human experience of caring for someone who is suicidal, mourning the loss to suicide of those we know and perhaps considering suicide ourselves. The Reflection Ceremony is a is a time for everyone to come together in a safe space and support, remember and acknowledge the pain that suicide brings. Those with and without a lived experience are encouraged to attend to reflect on the human price of suicide.

Note: The Acknowledgment and Reflection Ceremony is included with full registrations. Community members are invited to attend this session and registration is required.

Lived Experience Session: The Place for Peer Support in Suicide Prevention

Date: Thursday 26 July 2018
Time: 9.00am - 10.30am
Cost: Included in Full Registration. Included with Registration. Community members, nil. Please contact brittany.crawford@encanta.com.au to register for the Lived Experience Session.

This Lived Experience Session will help researchers, service providers, Government and all suicide prevention stakeholders embed lived experience in all aspects of their prevention efforts. The session will discuss the importance of integrating the learnings from people who have been impacted by suicide into all services, at all levels, and will help you to ensure that individuals with a lived experience of suicide are personally part of the services – from concept through to delivery and follow up.

All delegates as well as members of the community are invited to attend the Lived Experience Session.

The Lived Experience Session will be facilitated by ABC national medical reporter Sophie Scott, with a panel of Lived Experience Experts exploring the inclusion of the use of peer-based interventions and empowering peer workers that provide meaningful with those whose lives are impacted by suicide, in Priority Area 6 of The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Note: The Lived Experience Session is included with full conference registrations. Community members are invited to attend this session and registration is required.

Post-Conference Workshops

Why Zero Why Now? Gold Coast MHS Journey Towards Zero Suicide

Dr Kathryn Turner
Clinical Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

Matt Welch
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Gold Coast University Mental Health and Specialist Services

Dr Sarah Walker
Senior Psychologist, Gold Coast University Mental Health and Specialist Services

Professor Chris Stapleberg
Professor of Mental Health, Gold Coast University Mental Health and Specialist Services

Date: Friday 27 July 2018
Time: 8.30am – 11.15am
Cost: $150

The Gold Coast Mental Health and Specialist Service (GCMHSS) is committed to reducing suicide of consumers in our care. This commitment has seen the development of an innovative approach to suicide prevention across the GCMHSS. In December 2016 the GCMHSS implemented a system wide Zero Suicide approach to suicide prevention, the first of its kind for a public mental health service in Australia. The Zero Suicide approach is based on the realisation that suicidal individuals often ‘fall through the cracks’ in a sometimes fragmented health care system and will aim to assist in building relationships and enhance the resilience of individuals.

A key feature of the GCMHSS Zero Suicide approach includes the development and implementation of the GCMHSS Suicide Prevention Pathway (SPP). This workshop will focus on this innovative 6 step approach to suicide prevention developed by the GCMHSS for people who present to acute mental health services with suicidal behaviour. The workshop will identify and provide examples of the tools and approaches incorporated into the pathway with an emphasis that moves away from risk categorisation and predication to a standardised process of identification, intervention and prevention. This presentation will highlight some of the contemporary challenges facing front line clinicians in relation to suicide risk assessment and management and discuss how the GCMHSS SPP aims to overcome these issues.

Delegates will leave with a thorough understanding of the GCMHSS Suicide Prevention Pathway and application of tools and processes to clinical practice.

The workshop will conclude with preliminary quantitative evaluation data consumer views and experiences as well as how the values and attitudes of staff have changed in relation to suicide since implementation of the GCMHSS Zero Suicide framework.

Introduction to LGBTI People and Communities and their Relationship to Increased Risk of Suicide

Sally Morris
National Mindout Project Coordinator, National LGBTI Health Alliance

Date: Friday 27 July 2018
Time: 8.30am – 11.15am
Cost: $150

The lives of LGBTI people and communities are shaped by personal and cultural history of both stigma and resilience. Consequently, LGBTI people and communities form a unique group in terms of risk factors for poor mental health and suicidal behaviours.

Despite increasing recognition, LGBTI people are often invisible in suicide prevention programs, initiatives, campaigns and responses. Services that approach the needs of LGBTI people by having policy of ‘treating everyone the same’ are disruptive to help seeking, and are deficient in their ability to meet the specific needs of LGBTI people.

Gaining an understanding of LGBTI people, an appreciation their lived experiences, and how experiences of discrimination impacts on their mental health can support those working within suicide prevention to further their ability to develop and implement policy, programs, services, and support that can begin to reduce the prevalence of suicide in our society.

Facebook Groups to Forums: Managing Safe and Inclusive Online Peer Support Communities

Lauren Piro
Community Consultant, Quiip

Date: Friday 27 July 2018
Time:11.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: $150

Australians are deeply immersed in online spaces, this workshop will help attendees to navigate and build online communities whether that's in online forums or Facebook groups.

The digital space is becoming more and more important to providing mental health and suicide prevention awareness and support.

Online communities aren't new but they're being used increasingly by Australians to offer and receive peer support. Additionally, investment and funding in the area is increasing. Armed with a little know-how the opportunities and rewards for both participants and facilitators of online community are great.

This workshop will help attendees to improve the quality of online interactions for providing peer support to friends, family and colleagues from a personal perspective or using online communities in a professional capacity for mental health and suicide prevention professionals, group facilitators, volunteers and similar.

Topics covered will include: creating community, governance & risk for creating safe spaces online, diversity and inclusivity online, managing mental-ill health and suicide online, encouraging self-care habits for volunteer online admins & moderators.
Lived experience is critical to the success of online peer support communities as it's all about sharing stories and connecting with 'people like me'.

Quiip's community methodologies are based on proven social science. Facilitator Lauren Piro is a Community Consultant with online community and social media management global leaders, Quiip. With over eight years as a community professional, and many more before that as an active participant, Lauren is a passionate advocate for the power of human connection online.

Program

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Speakers

International Speakers

David Covington

This keynote is sponsored by PHN Country SA

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.

Carol Hopkins

This keynote is sponsored by relationships australia

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.

Professor Paul Yip

This keynote is sponsored by Mates in Construction

Professor Paul Yip
Director, Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention The University of Hong Kong

Paul Yip is the director of the Centre of Suicide Research and Prevention and a chair professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. He has been developing innovative method in suicide preventing including restricting of means of charcoal burning suicide, promoting responsible media reporting of suicide and making use of social media for engaging vulnerable youth. He served as the chair of the committee of preventing students’ suicide and a member of the Steering Committee on Population Policy and an associate member of the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He is a recipient of the Stengel Research award in 2012 for his contribution in suicide prevention; a knowledge exchange, outstanding researcher of the University of Hong Kong in 2018 and 2011 respectively. He has published more than 400 research papers relating to population health and suicide prevention. He has been awarded a Medal of Honor for his contribution of suicide prevention especially for young people by the Hong Kong Government.

Paul will present on “Response to Student Suicides on YouTube: Typology and Social Media Metrics Analysis”. There is a growing trend of promoting suicide prevention in YouTube by various stakeholders. However, it is yet to know the types and characteristics of videos which can engage the audience in a more effective manner. The study is the first to systematically and empirically examine the typology and social media metrics of YouTube videos relating to suicide prevention, and the impacts of videos generated on audience in terms of reach, engagement and insights. The findings have important implications for suicide prevention campaigns in leveraging the influences of YouTubers to generate greater impacts in raising awareness of suicide prevention and help-seeking.

National Speakers

Tom Calma

Professor Tom Calma AO
Chair and Patron, Poche Indigenous Health Network

Prof Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Coburg Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia, respectively. He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for over 40 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focusing on rural and remote Australia, health, mental health, suicide prevention, education, justice reinvestment, research, reconciliation and economic development.

These include the Reconciliation Australia; Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation; Poche Centres for Indigenous Health Network; The Charles Perkins Trust; Ninti-One Ltd; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group; NSW Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Campaign; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health and the Healing Our Spirits Worldwide - The Eighth Gathering and a number of public and education sector committees. He is an Ambassador for Suicide Prevention Australia.

Prof Calma was appointed National Coordinator Tackling Indigenous Smoking in March 2010 to lead the fight against tobacco use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Prof Calma was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 2004 to 2010 and Race Discrimination Commissioner from 2004 until 2009 at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Through his 2005 Social Justice Report, Prof Calma called for the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to be closed within a generation and advocated embedding a social determinants philosophy into public policy around health, education and employment in order to address Indigenous inequality gaps. This spearheaded the Close the Gap for Indigenous Health Equality Campaign that effectively brought national attention to achieving health equality for Indigenous people by 2030.
Prof Calma chaired the advisory group that developed the inaugural National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, is a SPA Ambassador and co-chairs with Prof Pat Dudgeon the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group to the Commonwealth government and is an expert advisor to the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention management.

In November 2014 Prof Calma was awarded the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lifelong dedication to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians and in September 2017 was appointed the inaugural Patron of Indigenous Allied Health Australia.

Prof Calma was appointed a Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School from 1 January 2015 to perform the role of Chair and Patron of the Poche Indigenous Health Networ.
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Scientia Professor Helen Christensen

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen
Director and Chief Scientist
Black Dog Institute, New South Wales

Professor Helen Christensen is Chief Scientist and Director of the Black Dog Institute, and Chief Investigator for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP). She is a leading expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm.
Professor Christensen is currently leading a comprehensive research trial of LifeSpan, a systems approach to suicide prevention that combines nine evidenced-based strategies into an integrated community-driven intervention model. Her research also focuses on school-based prevention and early intervention programs for mental health problems and suicide.

Professor Christensen has a leading role in international research initiatives, including ImpleMentAll and Optimising Suicide Prevention Programs and Their Implementation in Europe (formerly the European Alliance Against Depression). Her professional memberships include the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions, International Association for Suicide Prevention, and International Academy of Suicide Research.

Emeritus Professor Robert Goldney

Emeritus Professor Robert Goldney

Robert (Bob) Goldney, AO, MD, FRANZCP, FRCPsych, completed his medical degree in Adelaide in 1967 and then gained the psychiatric qualifications of Australia and New Zealand and the United Kingdom in 1973.

He worked in psychiatric and general hospitals, private practice and academic settings, and is Emeritus Professor, having retired as Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide.

His main research focussed on depression and suicide prevention and he has over 400 publications. He received a number of awards for his work, including the Stengel research award of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the Louis Dublin Award for lifetime achievements in suicide prevention from the American Association of Suicidology, and a similar Lifetime Research Award of Suicide Prevention Australia.

He is a past President of both the International Association of Suicide Prevention and the International Academy for Suicide Research.

Vanessa Lee

Dr. Vanessa Lee
Honorary Associate - National Centre for Cultural Competence, University of Sydney

Dr Vanessa Lee, from the Yupungathi and Meriam people, is a social epidemiologist, public speaker, educator, public health/ health sciences researcher, poet and writer. Dr Lee’s research and advocacy have contributed to changing policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and communities. Vanessa was the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman to graduate with a PhD in Medicine from Griffith University. In addition, as the First National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President of the Public Health Association of Australia, Vanessa continues to changing Australian public health policy. As a member on the leadership team for the University of Sydney’s Cultural Taskforce Vanessa is contributing to making change within the University. As the chair of the national Public Health Indigenous Leadership in Education Network, Dr Lee has led the publication of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander core competencies for the Master of Public Health Program and is instrumental in Indigenous public health curriculum design. Through her capacity as a board member for the NSW LGBTIQ DFV Interagency, Vanessa provides cultural insight on DFV issues pertaining to First Nations Gender and Sexuality Diverse communities. In her capacity as a director for Suicide Prevention Australia, Vanessa is engaged in suicide prevention for all Australians. As an Honorary Associate of the National Centre for Cultural Competency, she draws together her social epiedemology qualifications and her cultural lens to contribute to national change.

Dr Lee combines her university qualifications with her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural lens to center her research towards cultural models of best practice in health service delivery with a particular focus on the determinants (social, cultural and political) of health and linkages. Vanessa’s overarching goal is to break the cycle of inequality within the social issues that potentially lead to suicide in First Nation communities and to strengthen the health and wellness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity.

Heather Nowak

Heather Nowak
Peer Specialist and Lecturer, Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work
TAFE SA, South Australia

Heather lived in regional south East of South Australia for 18 years and has now returned to her home town of Adelaide, residing in the Adelaide Hills for the last 6 years. Having been a consumer of mental health services during the past 34 years, Heather has experienced many of the difficulties faced by consumers residing in both metropolitan and particularly regional areas.

Heather holds a passion for using her lived experience to inform future planning, design and delivery of services to ensure that the journey for current and future consumers and their carers, is made as smooth as possible to enable optimal recovery outcomes and ultimately reduce suicide.

In 2011 Heather was the recipient of the Dr Margaret Tobin Award, for making an outstanding contribution to improvements for people with, or at risk of developing, a mental illness.

Heather is currently employed at TAFE SA as a Lecturer Cert IV Mental Peer Work. Heather is a member of the National Consumer and Carer Forum and was an inaugural member of the National Consumer and Carer Register. Heather is the senior Peer Consultant for the Community of Peers Project and also provides consumer representation on the Australian Commission on National Safety and Quality in Health Care Mental Health Reference Group, the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration, the SA Office of the Chief Psychiatrist Lived Experience Reference Group and the SA Mental Health Commission Community Advisory Committee. Heather is also an Ambassador for Beyond Blue and Blue Voices member.

Heather has her own journey with attempted suicide and has sadly experienced being bereaved through suicide by the loss of her beautiful brother Peter. Heather has volunteered for many years with Living Beyond Suicide, assisting bereaved families. Heather’s passion for peer work and reducing suicide, finds her striving towards a future where spaces are created where individuals in crisis can meet with others who have the same human experience and explore safety on an individual tailored level.

Sophie Scott

Sophie Scott
National Medical Reporter, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Award winning journalist, broadcaster and author Sophie Scott is on a mission to educate and inspire people to enhance their health and happiness.

Having written two critically acclaimed books, and receiving numerous awards including the Australian Museum's Eureka prize for medical journalism, Sophie is a highly respected and sought after health presenter.

She's the national medical reporter for the ABC, with her stories appearing on ABC news, 7:30, ABC radio and online.

She has hosted and spoken at numerous events including Research Australia awards dinner, the Mayo Clinic social media conference, Royal Australian College of Physicians conference and many mental health and patient-centered events.

Sophie is on the board of the Australian Medical Association Charitable Foundation NSW and the author of two books, Live a Longer life and Roadtesting Happiness.

She is an ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia and on the advisory board for the Australian Mental Health Prize.

In her spare time, she is a mother and step mum to four boys. Thousands of her readers regularly respond to her blog on health and happiness. www.sophiescott.com.au

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!

Reflection Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Time: 10.00am – 10.30am
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: Included in Full Registration. Included with Registration. Community members, nil. Please contact brittany.crawford@encanta.com.au to register for the Reflection Ceremony.

The Reflection Ceremony provides a space and process to remember the deep and personal impact that suicide has when it enters our life. We can easily get lost in the models and statistics of suicide and forget the raw human experience of caring for someone who is suicidal, mourning the loss to suicide of those we know and perhaps considering suicide ourselves. The Reflection Ceremony is a is a time for everyone to come together in a safe space and support, remember and acknowledge the pain that suicide brings. Those with and without a lived experience are encouraged to attend to reflect on the human price of suicide.

Note: The Acknowledgment and Reflection Ceremony is included with full registrations. Community members are invited to attend this session and registration is required.

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.