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Program

Pre-Conference Workshops, Monday 22 July 2019

Pre-Conference workshops are all held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, and include morning or afternoon tea, and lunch (if attending both a morning and afternoon workshop). 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 4 Mental Health Connecting with People Approach: From Risk Prediction to Risk Mitigation and Safety Planning

Dr Alys Cole-King
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist/Clinical Director 4 Mental Health Ltd, United Kingdom

Date: Monday 22 July 2019
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: $175 (inclusive of GST)

Suicide cannot be accurately predicted at the individual level. A paradigm shift is required: from ineffective attempts to predict risk as a means of allocating care (or not to the adoption of a holistic, personalised risk mitigation and safety planning approach. Every episode of self-harm and every suicidal thought needs to be taken seriously and people supported to co-produce a Safety Plan.

Most practitioners possess the right platform of skills, but there may still be a confidence and training gap. The Connecting with People approach promotes two very important processes: assessing and responding safely. This workshop will introduce delegates to the risk mitigation approach, the importance of a common language between people in distress and service providers, the importance of compassion and the value of personalised risk mitigation and safety planning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deepen understanding of the value of empathy and compassion and their role in suicide prevention;
  • Understand the value of a common language and consistency at times of triage and referral between practitioners or different services;
  • Understand the need for diligent identification and mitigation of risk factors; and
  • Know how to co-produce an immediate Safety Plan.

Conceptual and Methodological Issues in the Study of Minority Stress and Health of LGBT Populations

Dr Ilan H. Meyer
Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Adjunct Professor, Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Professor Emeritus of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Date: Monday 22 July 2019
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: $175 (inclusive of GST)

In this workshop, Dr. Meyer will describe the context for the study of health and health disparities in sexual and gender minorities.  The topics covered will include: (a) Theoretical concepts (prejudice and stigma, stress theory) related to the origins of minority stress as a theory as a cause of adverse health outcomes in the context of other theories (biological, socioeconomic); (b) Methodological implications of this perspective, especially the need to distinguish aims for the study of within LGBT populations versus between LGBT and heterosexual/cisgender populations.  The framework for understanding health disparities requires understanding of the principles of minority stress as a cause of differences in health outcomes between populations but sometimes researchers are more interested in understanding patterns of stress and resilience within a population; (c) Understanding stress processes, coping processes, social support and community affiliation, and resilience as predictor, mediator, and moderator factors in the study sexual and gender minorities health; (d) Methodological issues in sampling LGBT populations and measurement of minority stress components; (e) The role of history and the social environment (e.g., lifespan perspective) in understanding health and how social changes currently taking place in many societies should impact the study of minority stress; (f) Understanding intervention and prevention research from the perspective of minority stress—a research area that has lagged behind in the study of minority stress.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe minority stress and it’s unique impact on LGBT health and suicide;
  • Identify subpopulations of sexual and gender minorities;
  • Discuss stressors and resources (resilience) as factors influencing sexual and gender minorities suicide; and
  • Identify loci for interventions sites in the relationship between prejudice and stigma, minority stressors, and health outcomes.

Implementing Zero Suicide in Facility-Based Crisis Programs:  Development of a Treatment Framework

Mrs Sue Ann Atkerson
Chief Operating Officer
Ri International, Arizona, USA

Date: Monday 22 July 2019
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: $175 (inclusive of GST)

Zero Suicide is an approach to care that strives to make suicide a never event through a rigorous commitment to proven practices, safety, and continuous quality improvement.  This approach recommends three primary components:  routine screening and assessment, direct treatment of suicidality, and collaborative safety planning.

While this approach to care has been implemented with tremendous success in Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States in both outpatient and inpatient programs, evidence of implementation within facility-based facilities has been less common.  This is not surprising given the short-term nature of these crisis stays and the lack of a uniform practice for these levels of care, often referred to as alternatives to inpatient and/or emergency department visits.

RI International operates twelve crisis programs throughout the U.S. including crisis respite, crisis stabilization, and acute inpatient.  The treatment philosophy marries clinical and medical best practices with the principles of peer and recovery practices; to that end, 60% of the agency’s workforce are comprised of persons with lived experience.  While implementing a Zero Suicide framework across the organization, the agency grappled with how to integrate the components of safer suicide care in programs where 70% of the patients have stays less than 24 hours.

The purpose of this workshop will be to discuss the decision-making points in implementation of a zero suicide model in crisis programs, suggest the quality improvement components needed in safe crisis care, and to put forth a suggested treatment framework for integrating zero suicide practices into varying levels of crisis services.  There will be an emphasis on how to embed these practices into a routine crisis flow and how to train and supervise peer specialists in the model.  This workshop will present a quality improvement model using lean six signa practices aimed at achieving safer care and better outcomes in crisis settings. It will also focus on implementing suicide prevention strategies in the emerging field of crisis services, otherwise known as alternatives to inpatient and/or emergency departments.  60% of the workforce at RI International is comprised of persons with lived experience, and persons with lived experience were part of the Zero Suicide implementation team.  The workshop will include the peer perspective in training, development, implementation, and on-going execution of a Zero Suicide model.

Activating Hope: Strategies for Enhancing Lived Experience of Suicide at Organisations and Systems

Dr Eduardo Vega
CEO & Founder
Humannovations
Los Angeles, California, USA

Date: Monday 22 July 2019
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $175 (inclusive of GST)

Activating Hope begins when organisations and people with lived experience join together to meaningfully dialogue and evaluate, to re-think and rebuild, and to create new resources that can save lives. Many organisations with a focus on prevention of suicide already include people with lived experience that can be a resource for improving services, changing the culture and providing leadership in their communities. Yet many questions that arise in taking lived experience to lived expertise within organisations, such as:

  • How do we actively recruit people with lived experience and avoid problems related to HIPPAA, personal confidentiality etc.
  • How can we include the voice of lived experience more actively in leadership and program design?
  • What human resource policies might be adjusted or created to support a workplace wellness culture that is also high performing?
  • How do we manage/consider culture change and program design as it relates to professional licensure, peer specialist positions etc?
  • How can counselors and others share the healing power of lived experience while maintaining excellent listening /therapeutic standards?

The goal of the Activating Hope Organisational Change framework is to foster awareness, build internal motivation and provide practical directions for taking the distinctive value of lived experience to the next level. In addition to lecture introduction of the Activating Hope approach, participants in this experiential workshop will employ a sample Organisational Readiness Self-Assessment instrument to evaluate the current state and possible growth avenues for their organisation or system.

This workshop is best suited to executive or program leadership, positional leaders in government ministry, program managers or support service supervisors.

Implementing a Multi-Level Suicide Prevention Research Trial in the Real World

Tegan Cotterill
Coordinator, Lifespan Newcastle
Emma Ringland
Project Coordinator, Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative
Dr Alex Hains
Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative, University of Wollongong, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
Dr Katherine McGill
Everymind, Hunter New England Local Health District

Date: Monday 22 July 2019
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $175 (inclusive of GST)

LifeSpan is an evidence-based approach to integrated suicide prevention, developed by Black Dog Institute (BDI) and the Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP). In 2015, with an unprecedented philanthropic commitment of $14.7 million, Paul Ramsay funded BDI to test the LifeSpan model in NSW. An important component of implementing Lifespan has been the collaboration between the Black Dog Institute LifeSpan team and the NSW trial sites to continually review how work is progressing in each site, problem solving implementation barriers occurring at a site level, and improving processes to facilitate successful implementation. This presentation will provide practical recommendations for implementation of suicide prevention interventions gained from two real-world accounts.

The LifeSpan NSW trial is the first of its kind in Australia, and one of a few world-wide, to trial an integrated approach to suicide prevention. The LifeSpan NSW trial sites have been in place for over 2 years and the first two trial sites will have finished their trial periods in July 2019. This provides a unique opportunity to share perspectives from a local level about the experience, from beginning to end, of being part of a research trial and implementing a systems approach to suicide prevention in a local area.

A stepped wedge evaluation design is being used to determine the effectiveness of the model in reducing suicide deaths and attempts in four NSW trial sites (Newcastle, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Central Coast, and Murrumbidgee).

However, there are many challenges to delivering a large, multi-level, evidence-based model within a real world setting. All NSW trial sites have now been engaged with the model and its roll out for at least two years. This workshop will provide a snapshot of what we have learnt so far in the planning and implementation of LifeSpan covering some of the challenges and success factors around issues such as engaging local stakeholders in collaborative suicide prevention, scaling up interventions, tailoring work to the local context and meaningful contribution from people with lived experience of suicide.

The workshop will cover reflections about what we would do again, and what we would not, from the perspective of the site coordinators from the first two trial sites, Newcastle and Illawarra Shoalhaven, with the aim of providing the audience with information about how to increase the likelihood of successful implementation of suicide prevention interventions in their own regions.

People with lived experience of suicide have been involved across the LifeSpan project. The presentations will cover how people with lived experience of suicide have been involved, the benefits of this involvement to the project, and the challenges of facilitating meaningful contribution of lived experience within a prescribed model.

The workshop will include detailed discussion of lessons learned across planning, implementation, and evaluation of local suicide prevention interventions.  The audience will leave with a clear sense of what helps increase the likelihood of success in local suicide prevention that they can apply in their own regions.

The workshop will finish with a presenters’ panel, answering questions from the audience.

Conference, 23-25 July 2019

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Reflection Ceremony

Date: Wednesday 24 July 2019
Time: 10.00am – 10.30am

All delegates and community members are invited to attend the Reflection Ceremony which provides an opportunity to contemplate the deep and personal impact that suicide has when it enters our life. It is a time for everyone to come together in a supportive space to remember those we have lost, acknowledge the uniqueness of lived experience and look to the future in the knowledge that we are joined by our desire to save lives. Everyone is welcome.

Speakers

Each of the international speakers will be complemented by local experts commenting on Australian context.

Eduardo Vega Speaker

Eduardo Vega
CEO & Founder
Humannovations
Los Angeles, California, USA

Eduardo Vega is an international thought leader in mental health, suicide prevention, human rights, and lived experience/peer-led services and research. For over twenty-five years, he has worked in transformative mental health programs and practices as well as technical assistance, research, training and policy in suicide prevention, stigma and discrimination reduction, consumer rights and empowerment, self-help and peer support for mental health consumers.

Vega is the founder and CEO of Humannovations, a social impact organization that provides innovative solutions and training to the health, human services and arts sectors. A person with lived experience of suicide and consumer advocate he helped found the national Destination Dignity! Project, the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, the Yale International Lived Experience Leadership Institute and the world’s first through which he founded the first national suicide attempt survivor task force (through the US National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention). He is also a founding member of the Lived Experience Interest group of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP).

Vega has presented and trained in Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Fiji and Latin America. Eduardo was previously the CEO of Mental Health Association of San Francisco where he founded the Director of the Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment. A former Fulbright Specialist and California State Commissioner for Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability, Vega serves on the Steering Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Global Anti-Stigma Alliance and the Executive Committee of the US National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

For his leadership and work in culturally focused programs, stigma reduction, suicide prevention and systems change he has been recognized by the Office of the White House of President Obama, the State of California, the nation of Fiji, the United States Senate, the United States Surgeon General. He holds an M.A. in Psychology from New School for Social Research.

Complemented by

David Webb Speaker

Dr David Webb

After his own “four years of madness” in the late 1990s, David Webb looked into the literature on suicide and was alarmed to find that the first-person voice of attempt survivors was almost completely absent. Even more absent from the literature was any mention of spirituality, which was the key to David’s recovery and survival. This enquiry became a PhD at Victoria University, completed in 2005, followed by his book “Thinking About Suicide” in 2010.

For more than a decade, David argued, advocated and campaigned for the inclusion of attempt survivors in the public discourse on suicide – in academia, in public discussions on suicide and, importantly, in disability human rights forums. This included time on the board of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) and working for the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO). David has represented both these organisations at numerous United Nations disability forums.

David had to retire from active work in 2012 when he was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder called scleroderma. This different kind of disability has raised for David the question of euthanasia, another topic that is rarely mentioned in the discussion of suicide.

Jo Riley speaker

Jo Riley
Lived Experience Advocate and Innovator
Early Career Researcher
Lived Experience Participation Manager, Black Dog Institute

Jo Riley is a national leader in lived experience policy and engagement and has transformed suicide prevention in Australia through the meaningful engagement of those with a lived experience. Through her own experience of living with depression, suicidal thoughts, and losing her Dad by suicide, Jo has worked tirelessly over the last 12 years to elevate the voice of lived experience and embed the meaningful involvement of lived experience across Australia’s suicide prevention sector. Jo is also mum to the delightful 4-year-old Charlotte, is a daughter, sister and friend to many. Jo recognises that lived experience is powerful through its diversity of voices and nurtures and engages with a variety of lived experience voices. Through her ability to empower others to develop and share their expertise, Jo has been able to affect such large-scale change in improving suicide prevention efforts in Australia.

Jo is an effective advocate for those with a lived experience and ensures that those with a lived experience are always at the centre of any suicide prevention action. Her passion for the inclusion of those with a lived experience is reflected in her transformative work at the various suicide prevention organisations she has contributed to in her career. This includes developing a world-first Lived Experience Network Strategy and Guiding Principles for the Inclusion of Lived Experience while at Suicide Prevention Australia. Most recently, Jo been appointed the Black Dog Institute’s first Lived Experience Participation Manager and working to embed the meaningful involvement of lived experience across the organisation. Jo provides guidance on the implementation of Black Dog’s LifeSpan Lived Experience Framework, as well as undertaking ground-breaking research to examine the impact of lived experience participation on individuals and organisations.

Alys Cole-King

Dr Alys Cole-King  MB,BCh, DGM, MSc, RCPsych
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist/Clinical Director 4 Mental Health Ltd, United Kingdom

Dr Alys Cole-King is the first person from the UK to be awarded the Ringel Service Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention.  She was named one of the most influential women in medicine by the Medical Women’s Journal and has been profiled in the Guardian, Lancet and The Psychiatrist in recognition of work with policy makers, medical royal colleges, people with lived experience, academics and NGOs.

Alys led the development of the Connecting with People Programme and SAFETool (assessment framework to promote consistency and link research to clinical practice).  The training is delivered across sectors: healthcare, education, NGO, community and secure services including across the UK, South Australia, Tasmania, Jersey and Ireland. Alys led the development of StayingSafe.net, an innovative free digital solution to share compassion, hope and equip people to make a Safety Plan.

Alys undertook a yearlong research project using psychological autopsy techniques to investigate patients who attempted suicide or engaged in self-harm whilst under the care of mental health services. A primary author of numerous papers, book chapters, webinars, podcasts and self-help resources on suicide and self-harm prevention, Alys has also contributed to several national and international e-learning modules including for the British Medical Journal.  Alys is a reviewer for several journals and leads international campaigns via social media and works with the media (film, radio and newspapers) to ensure a safe and compassionate public health message of suicide prevention.

Complemented by

Maree Toombs

Associate Professor Maree Toombs
Director Indigenous Health
Rural Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine
University of Queensland

Associate Professor Maree Toomb’s is the Director of Indigenous Health Teaching/Research Faculty of Medicine, Rural Clinical School and a Children’s Hospital Foundation Early Career Fellow.

Associate Professor Toomb’s is recognised nationally and internationally for her work in Indigenous health perspectives in medicine and her research efforts devoted to improving mental health and wellbeing for Indigenous Australians, in particular managing chronic physical illness and mental health.

Associate Professor Toomb’s has received a number of prestigious awards in recognition of her research excellence, including an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, a Children’s Hospital Foundation Scholarship (current), Outstanding Alumni of the year and Outstanding Indigenous engagement Alumni of the year (2015 University of Southern Queensland) and a Churchill Fellowship (2014). Associate Professor Toomb’s is the co-author of ‘Indigenous Australians and Health’ published by Oxford Press.

Ilan Meyer

Dr Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.
Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Adjunct Professor, Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Professor Emeritus of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Meyer studies public health issues related to minority health. His areas of research include stress and illness in minority populations, in particular, the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination and mental health outcomes in sexual minorities and the intersection of minority stressors related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and gender.  In several highly cited papers, Dr. Meyer has developed a model of minority stress that describes the relationship of social stressors and mental disorders and helps to explain LGBT health disparities.  The model has guided his and other investigators’ population research on LGBT health disparities by identifying the mechanisms by which social stressors impact health and describing the harm to LGBT people from prejudice and stigma.  Dr. Meyer is currently Principal Investigator of two important studies, the Generations Study, a U.S. national probability study of stress, identity, health, and health care utilization across three cohorts of sexual minorities (NICHD grant R01HD078526) and TransPop, the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the U.S. (NICHD grant R01HD090468).

Complemented by

Phil Batterham

Associate Professor Phil Batterham
Deputy Head, Centre for Mental Health Research, Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University

Phil Batterham is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He is also a Visiting Fellow at UNSW and the Black Dog Institute. Phil is a research leader in developing more efficient and precise tools to assess suicidality and mental disorders, developing and implementing online programs to prevent suicide and mental health problems, and reducing barriers to help seeking. His work centres around the application of implementation science, advanced statistical methods and emerging technologies to improve the prevention and treatment of suicidal behaviour, depression and anxiety disorders.

Phil was awarded an Early Career Fellowship (2011-13), a Career Development Fellowship-1 (2014-18) and a Career Development Fellowship-2 (2019-22) from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Phil is a Chief Investigator for two NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, seven NHMRC project grants and three other NHMRC grants. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and received several prestigious national and international awards.

Social Program

Conference Dinner & LiFE Awards

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2019
Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
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 24 July 2019
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Space, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
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.

Ten Pin Bowling

Date: Wednesday 24 July 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Strike Bowling QV, 245 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Cost: $35 per person (includes transportation and shoe hire)

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in Ten Pin Bowling following the Networking Function. A coach will transport delegates from the Conference venue to the bowling alley, and will return to the hotel at the conclusion of the evening. The fee includes transportation, shoe hire and one game of bowling.

Please note that places are limited.

LiFE Awards

Recognising outstanding contributions to suicide prevention in Australia

Sponsored by Lifeline Australia
lifeline

Presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference, the annual LiFE Awards recognise excellence in suicide prevention. This prestigious national event attracts nominations from all areas with an interest in suicide prevention from all over Australia, including business, industry, media, commu nity, government, youth, research and medicine. Every year we are overwhelmed with the number of quality nominations received that showcase the exciting, innovative and diverse range of work being undertaken within the field.

Nominees typically range from mainstream programs to local ‘grassroots’ 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.

Each year, in addition to the prestigious LiFE Awards across a number of categories, the Board of Suicide Prevention Australia considers two very special awards—the Leadership Award and the LiFEtime Achievement Award. The Leadership LiFE Award and LiFEtime Achievement Award recipients are proposed to the Suicide Prevention Australia Board by SPA Members and Associates.

Congratulations to the 2019 LiFE Award Finalists, winners will be announced on 23 July 2019.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Adriel Burley & Tony Lee
  • Communities Matter Individual: Justin Geange & Pauline Neil
  • Communities Matter Organisation: Jewish Care & Lifeline Australia
  • Emerging / Early Career Researcher: Dr Angela Nicholas & Dr Lay San (Tiffany) Too
  • Media: Illawarra Mercury & Mid North Coast Local Health District Multimedia Team
  • Workplace: Gold Coast Mental Health and Specialist Services & Hydro Tasmania