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Join our policy panel as we focus on practical solutions

Over the last twelve months, people all over Australia have been impacted by natural disasters including bushfires, floods and extreme drought. The government is focusing on the long term mental health impacts of these events and we want to hear from you about how we can tackle emerging suicide risks and build a happy and safe Australian community.  

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 us at this panel discussion event to become part of 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

Hear from distinguished speakers and make your voice heard on these critical issues.

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Speaker Panel:

John Brady, MATES in Construction
John is married to Linda and they have five children and 6 grandchildren. He has been with MATES in Construction Queensland since 2008 and helped develop the national award winning “Mates in Construction” program in suicide prevention. John strongly believes that suicide is a preventable problem particularly if we can get Mates helping Mates. The effectiveness of this approach has also seen the creation of MATES in Energy and MATES in Mining. John holds a Master’s in leadership, Bachelor of Education as well as undertaking considerable post graduate study in organisational psychology, theology, biblical anthropology and suicidology.
John comes from a diverse work background having spent 20 years as a catholic school principal and supervisor of schools; owned a wine company, a leadership and management consultancy and has spent many years coaching young men in sport. John also spends 4 – 6 weeks a year in central Africa conducting collaborative leadership programs and establishing micro economic projects in poor communities.

Andrew Anderson, CEO, United Synergies
Andrew Anderson is an accomplished leader with over 20 years’ experience in multi-discipline roles across strategy, operations, sales and marketing, finance and corporate services. These roles transverse the industrial services, finance, health and social services sectors.  Nine years ago, Andrew was attracted to leveraging his skills in the not-for-profit environment and has developed a genuine passion for this sector.
In May 2019, Andrew was appointed CEO of United Synergies, an organisation that supports over 6,000 young people annually across four focus areas; Child Safety, Homelessness, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.  United Synergies delivers StandBy Support After Suicide across Australia to people bereaved and impacted by suicide.  This program is Australia’s leading provider in suicide postvention as the only service that covers multiple jurisdictions utilising local teams specifically trained in postvention service delivery for individuals, families, workplaces, groups and wider community.
Andrew’s qualifications include a Company Directors Certification from Australia Institute of Company Directors, Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management from Harvard Business School and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Ivan Frkovic, Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission
Ivan Frkovic was appointed Commissioner from 1 July 2017 and brings substantial policy, academic and patient-centred experience to the role.
He was Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Operations for Aftercare, one of Australia’s oldest non-government mental health organisations. His responsibilities included leading Aftercare’s national operations and overseeing the development and implementation of new programs and services.
Prior to his five years with Aftercare, Ivan held senior government positions including as Director, Mental Health Programs and Reforms in the Department of Communities, where he was responsible for policy development, funding and reform of the non-government mental health sector in Queensland.
As Commissioner, he has led the development of Shifting minds, Queensland's renewed Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

Dr Meg Perceval, Project Manager Farming & Agriculture, OzHelp
Dr Meg Perceval completed her PhD in rural wellbeing and suicide prevention, with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University. Her thesis: “Translating evidence into practice: rural wellbeing and suicide prevention” focused on better understanding farmer suicide so as to be better able to address it. A number of peer-reviewed publications have come from her work which has contributed significant knowledge to the field of rural suicide prevention. Dr Perceval has presented findings both nationally and internationally. Working in rural wellbeing and suicide prevention since 2007, Meg specialises in translational research: translating scientific discovery to everyday people and life experiences to improve wellbeing. Meg is passionate about empowering individuals, families, workplaces and communities with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy better health. Her personal approach is one of primary prevention, and her commitment is to practice what she teaches.

Moderated by:

Rebecca Burdick Davies. Director, Policy, Advocacy & Government Relations, Suicide Prevention Australia