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Message from the Conference Organising Committee

Perth, Western Australia

Download Program HandbookAfter the success of the 2013 National Suicide Prevention Conference in Melbourne we are pleased to announce that the 2014 conference heads to Perth, Western Australia. Mark your calendar and plan to join your colleagues for the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference 23-26 July 2014. This is the premier, multidisciplinary, educational event in the suicide prevention sector.

The National Suicide Prevention Conference provides a platform for the exchange of ideas to help achieve our agenda of halving suicides in Australia over the next decade. This year the focus will be to deliver improved outcomes in suicide prevention for those working with vulnerable populations. The program will be engaging and diverse with leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, tempered by the voices of people with a lived experience of suicide.

The 2014 Program Committee is also pleased to announce pre-conference workshops on 22 July open to both delegates and non-delegates (Communities Matter: Empowering community-driven suicide prevention and a a workshop focusing on Refugee and Migrant Suicide Prevention First Aid Guidelines) and on the fourth day of the conference there is a special session (Harnessing the voice of lived experience) and members of the community are warmly invited to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth.

Alan Woodward
Chair, Program Advisory Committee

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Program Advisory Committee

Alan Woodward (Chair)
Ms Jenny Allen
Ms Susan Beaton
Professor Helen Christensen
Dr Erminia Colucci
Dr Lance Emerson
Ms Katherine Hams
Mr Trevor Hazel
Professor David Kavanagh
Mr David Kelly
Associate Professor Myf Maple
Inspector Joel Murchie
Ms Jennie Parham
Professor Debra Rickwood
Mr Barry Taylor

Lifeline Foundation & Suicide Prevention Australia board member
Youth Focus & Suicide Prevention Australia board member
Black Dog Institute
Mental Health in Multi-cultural Australia
Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advisory Group
Centre for Rural Mental Health, Newcastle University
Queensland University of Technology
Lifeline WA & Suicide Prevention Australia Lived Experience Committee member
University of New England & Suicide Prevention Australia board member
NSW Police
Australian Medicare Local Alliance
LGBTI Health Alliance

About the Conference

The 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference with the theme: Many Communities, One Goal will focus on evidence-based suicide prevention initiatives and showcases the best in research, practice and community engagement for key audiences across Australia.

Suicide Prevention Australia conferences have a reputation for bringing together the suicide prevention sector for shared learning, finding opportunities for collaboration, and tackling the harder issues. Bringing together more than 300 delegates, the National Suicide Prevention Conference is a prime opportunity for participants to meet, network, share ideas and debate concepts, to establish common ground and to focus on solutions.

"The conference was great and it was fantastic to connect with the people we work with through emails and phone conversations every day. It makes our position here seem more worthwhile. I have brought back some amazing stories and insight to give to the team. Was a pleasure to be involved. 2013 National Suicide Prevention Conference delegate"

Throughout the conference presenters and delegates will explore question such as:

  • What happens when an individual or community are socially excluded, marginalised and what does that mean for the community, researcher, clinician?
  • What are the differences between vulnerable communities and what do they have in common so programs can be adapted for other groups?
  • How do individuals and communities create resilience and how can program enhance the development of resilience?

Aims of the Conference

  1. Increase sector commitment to participate in a collaborative approach to suicide prevention
  2. Enhance community participation in suicide prevention activities
  3. Facilitate the continuation and development of quality suicide prevention initiatives

Key Elements of the Conference

  • Plenary sessions showcasing the best work from around the globe and in Australia. Each plenary will have well-defined topics and presenters with relevant knowledge and experience.
  • Recognising the importance of the voice of lived experience, the Program will have strong representation from people with a lived experience of suicide.
  • Abstract presentations through concurrent streams of Research, Professional, and Community across three themes - Prevention, Intervention and Postvention.
  • Issues based networking lunch for delegates to share their knowledge and experience across a range of issues in suicide prevention.
  • LiFE Awards presentation at the conference Welcome Reception.
  • Pre-conference workshops with a focus on suicide prevention in small towns and running concurrently, a workshop to review the guidelines and resources for implementing suicide prevention with refugee and migrant communities.
  • Post-conference workshop for those with a lived experience of suicide.
  • Members & Delegates forum

Who Will Attend?

The demographic of the delegates will be broad and extend to all facets of the suicide prevention and mental health sectors.

Allied Health Professionals
Community representatives
Educations Institutions
Emergency Service/Defence/Police/Volunteer personnel
General Practitioners
Health Professionals

Non-Government Organisations
Policy Makers
Private Health Services
Private Practitioners
Public Health Services
Social Workers
Workers in the Provision of Rural Mental Health Services
People with Lived Experience of Suicide*

*Suicide Prevention Australia defines a lived experience of suicide as having experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone who has attempted suicide, been bereaved by suicide, or having been touched by suicide in another way