Learn about suicide prevention policy and advocacy in Australia

Turning Points: Imagine a world without suicide

This white paper is a pivotal piece of work that Suicide Prevention Australia developed with KPMG. Turning Points: Imagine a world without suicide examines the emerging trends in housing, finance, employment and relationships and their likely effect on Australians in the coming decade.

The better we can proactively predict what economic and social risks are around the corner, the better we can prepare Australians ahead of time and prevent suicide rates increasing.

The white paper highlights that more needs to be done to uncover the extent of suicide prevention service provision outside the traditional health and human service sectors, such as the finance and service industries.A key takeout and immediate priority for the suicide prevention sector is to investigate and understand how to best support vulnerable people before reaching crisis point.

The white paper stresses that the time to take action about suicide prevention is now. It predicts that 1300 more deaths by suicide per year will occur by 2030 if the worsening rates of the last decade (2010s) continue.

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National Policy Platform

Suicide Prevention Australia works to create a better policy and funding environment for suicide prevention in Australia. To achieve this, we develop and implement policy positions on key sector issues. We do this in consultation with Members, people with lived experience of suicide, our Board, the guidance of the SPA Policy Committee, and key government and sector stakeholders.

As the national peak body we're committed to driving continual improvement in suicide prevention policy to achieve better outcomes for all Australians.

Launched in April 2019, SPA’s National Policy Platform advocates for immediate changes to government policy architecture.
Better cross-portfolio coordination is essential to address the social, economic, health, occupational, cultural and environmental factors involved in suicide prevention.
We are also calling for improvement in the collection and management of reliable data and a comprehensive suicide prevention workforce strategy.
The National Policy Platform outlines solutions to effectively and sustainably support suicide prevention in Australia.

Suicide Prevention Australia's National Policy Platform can be viewed here.

Our Advocacy

One of SPA's three Objects is to "Advocate for a better policy and funding environment for suicide prevention". We do this in a number of ways:

  • Responding to government consultation papers, and parliamentary and other inquiries.
  • Representing SPA Members on key government and sector committees.
  • Building and nurturing relationships with key government and sector stakeholders to effectively engage them in suicide prevention.
  • Increasing public awareness and understanding of suicide prevention as a priority public health concern.

You can help advocate for a better policy and funding environment for suicide prevention in Australia:

  • Become a SPA Member or Associate
  • Follow SPA on social media to keep informed of our campaigns
  • Talk safely about suicide prevention with your networks

By working together, we can achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide.

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