Last night, at the annual National Suicide Prevention Conference Dinner and Award Ceremony, we were delighted to announce the 2017 recipients of the LiFE Awards for Excellence in Suicide Prevention.
LiFE Awards Judging Committee Chair and Suicide Prevention Australia Board Director Matthew Tukaki said of the winners:
“We were overwhelmed with the number of quality nominations this year showcasing the exciting, innovative and diverse range of programs being undertaken within the field. The nominees ranged 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.”
Many congratulations and thanks to the winners listed below (Photos and bios coming soon!):
- The recipient of the LiFEtime Achievement Award is: Michael Dudley
- The recipient of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander category award is: The Suicide Story Aboriginal Advisory Group
- The recipient of the Media Award is: Gus Worland for the Man Up series
- The recipient of the Community Development (Organisation) Award: Macedon Ranges Shire Council (Live4Life program)
- The recipient of the Community Development (Individual) Award is: Wendy French
- The recipient of the Workplace Category is: Danielle Driscoll
- The recipient of the Community Engagement (Organisation) Award is: SPEAK UP Stay ChatTY
- The recipient of the Community Engagement (Individual) Award: Debbie Knight
- The recipient of the Local Hero Award: Kerrie Keepa
- The recipient of the Research Award is: Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention.
About the National Suicide Prevention Conference
The 2017 conference was held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Queensland, 26 – 29 July 2017. The theme Relationships, resilience and respect: Responding to vulnerability in life is designed to bring to the fore these thematic issues in suicide prevention and how they may help or hinder implementation of initiatives at the community level. Find out more on the conference website.
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