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Suicide Prevention Australia's Turning Points: Imagine a world without suicide white paper, co-written with KPMG, examines emerging social and economic trends and their likely effect on Australians in the coming decade. The impact of changes in housing affordability, the gig economy and relationships must be creatively tackled if we are to reduce suicide risk. 

Join our Policy Panel as we focus on practical solutions to find out the first step in the problem solving effort. The event will bring together leading minds from the not for profit sector, business, research, and people with lived experience to discuss the three theme areas of the Turning Points report.

  • Dealing with the debt crisis
  • Navigating the gig economy
  • Friendship and family: social isolation in the information age

Limited tickets available.


Professor Chris Doran Research Professor Central Queensland University

Chris Lockwood, National CEO, MATES in Construction
For the last 10+ years Chris has led initiatives to reduce the incidence of suicide and poor mental health through workplace based initiatives. As the National CEO for MATES in Construction, Mining & Energy, Chris works to affect change everyday in our workplaces.
MATES are a leading evidence based in suicide prevention suicide prevention program delivered through the workplace and across industry in Australia. Having delivered face to face programs to over 160,000 workers, MATES improves the mental health of all of us at work through trusted workplace development programs, on site workshops, individual case management and helpline services.
Leading MATES in Construction Nationally, Chris has seen structured expansion and growth of the program, where MATES now has programs on the ground supported by industry in Construction, Mining & Energy, and new initiatives to expand the MATES program to the Rail industry and into New Zealand currently underway.
Chris is also a director of Suicide Preventions Australia and a director of 9 years with the NGO “Permanent Care and Adoptive Families”, with 7 of those years as Chair.

Nieves Murray, CEO, Suicide Prevention Australia
“Challenging stereotypes about vulnerable people drives me.”
Nieves commenced as CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia in May 2018.
Throughout her 30+ year career in the social sciences, Nieves has lived and breathed her passion for enabling vulnerable people to have more choice and control over how they live their lives.
Nieves spent over a decade at the helm of IRT Group, one of Australia’s largest community-owned seniors’ lifestyle and care providers, driving record growth, customer satisfaction and social impact. She has held non-Executive leadership roles in financial services, tertiary education, property development, retail, research, health, aged care and retirement living since 2001. Her contributions have been recognised at a regional, national and international level. In 2013 Nieves was named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review.
As a long-term Lifeline and Vinnie’s Van volunteer and previous Director of Coordinare, South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, Nieves has been at the front line of homelessness and mental health in Australia.
A Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, Nieves is currently:
Independent Chair of Family Spirit, a joint start-up venture by Marist 180 and CatholicCare Sydney.
A Member of the University of Wollongong Council and Member of its Audit and Risk and Nominations Committees.

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