World Suicide Prevention Day Expo Monday 10th September 2018

Dr Edward Koch Foundation



Registration Active Link:

Dulcie Bird

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Edward Koch Foundation

Unit 1, 78 Anderson Street, Manunda / PO Box 115, Manunda  Qld  4870

P 07 4053 6757

Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland



SPA 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference


Earlybird Registration Closing in 4 Weeks
10 Pre & Post-Conference Workshops Announced 

The Program Advisory Committee of the 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference is pleased to announce that a number of workshops will take place on Monday 23 July and Friday 27 July.

Pre-Conference Workshops – Monday 23 July 2018

Hear from our international experts (morning sessions):

David Covington, LPC, MBA
CEO and President, RI International, Arizona, USA

Carol Hopkins
Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, Ontario, Canada

Professor Keith Hawton
Director, Centre for Suicide Research
University Department of Psychiatry
Warneford Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: $150

PLUS (afternoon sessions):

Early Career Researcher Workshop (Including Three Minute Thesis competition)
Facilitated by Professor Don Nutbeam
Chair, Suicide Prevention Research Fund Research Advisory Committee

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $0

Suicide Prevention Hub – Best Practice Programs and Services
Michelle Kwan
Knowledge Exchange Manager, Suicide Prevention Australia

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $150

Alternatives to Suicide
Joe Calleja
Project Officer, Alternatives to Suicide, MercyCare 
Lyn Millett
Executive Director, Family and Community Services, MercyCare
Jo Kirker
Service Design, MercyCare

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $150

Supporting Best Practice Lived Experience Communication in Suicide Prevention
Sara Bartlett
Project Lead, Everymind

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $150

Post-Conference Workshops – Friday 27 July 2018

Suicide to Hope (s2H)
Lorna Hirsch
Manager, WA Branch, National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training & International Senior Coach and Consultant Trainer, LivingWorks Education Inc.

Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $150

Why Zero Why Now? Gold Coast MHS Journey Towards Zero Suicide
Dr Kathryn Turner
Clinical Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service
Matt Welch
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Gold Coast University Mental Health and Specialist Services
Dr Sarah Walker
Senior Psychologist, Gold Coast University Mental Health and Specialist Services
Professor Chris Stapleberg
Professor of Mental Health, Gold Coast University Mental Health and Specialist Services

Time: 8.30am – 11.15am
Cost: $150 

Introduction to LGBTI People and Communities and their Relationship to Increased Risk of Suicide
Sally Morris
National Mindout Project Coordinator, National LGBTI Health Alliance

Time: 8.30am – 11.15am
Cost: $150

Together we can Save Lives: the Role of Community Engagement in Reducing Youth Suicide
Chris Harris
General Manager Community Engagement, Youth Focus

Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: $150

Facebook Groups to Forums: Managing Safe and Inclusive Online Peer Support Communities
Julie Delaforce
General Manager, Quiip

Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: $150

For further information about these workshops, please visit the Conference website, and to register click here

Early bird registration closes on 30 May 2018.

If you have any queries at all, please get in touch with the Conference Secretariat, Encanta Event Management.

Encanta Event Management
Suite 348, St Kilda Road Towers
1 Queens Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004
T: (03) 9863 7606

Suicide Prevention Australia remembers those we have lost to suicide and acknowledges the suffering suicide brings when it touches our lives. We are brought together by experience and unified by hope.  

SANE Australia – Welcome investment for new suicide prevention campaign


SANE Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement of a $1.2m investment in a new suicide prevention campaign, led by SANE in collaboration with other leading mental health organisations.

SANE Australia Chief Executive Officer Jack Heath explained the funds will see the development of a pilot suicide prevention campaign targeted specifically at people contemplating suicide.

“The campaign plans to share the stories of real Australians who have survived a suicide attempt in an effort to connect those at risk with appropriate resources and support,” Mr Heath said.

“The concept has been developed off the back of international evidence that reveals a sense of burdensomeness plays a significant part in the thinking of people who are at risk of suicide.”

In its initial phase, the campaign will be trialed in three locations nationally.

“The number of Australians dying by suicide every year is tragically high, with the latest figures revealing 2866 people took their life in 2016,” Mr Heath said.

“Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 14 to 44 years and the third leading cause of death for people aged 45 to 55.

“We are very pleased that the Government has recognised the need to invest in new and innovative approaches to prevent suicide.

“This campaign will allow us to connect with vulnerable Australians who believe that the world is better off without them.”

The campaign will be underpinned by a rigorous research and development phase and will be designed with learnings from people who have contemplated suicide.

“We expect these real stories will resonate strongly with vulnerable viewers as they’re coming first hand from someone who has walked their path and understands what they’re feeling,” Mr Heath said.

“We want people to know that reaching out and asking for help isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.”

Anyone looking for information, support and guidance from mental health professionals can contact the SANE Help Centre on 1800 187 263 or from 10am-10pm weekdays AEST.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the following 24/7 crisis support services:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Mensline 1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Media Release – Welcome Investment For New Suicide Prevention Campaign

– ENDS –

SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support four million Australians affected by complex mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression and anxiety.

To organise an interview with SANE Australia Chief Executive Officer Jack Heath, please contact:

Danielle Bombardieri
Head of Campaigns & Communications
Phone: 0400 100 978


Last updated: 9 May, 2018

Clinician experiences of suicide risk assessment in the real world setting


Australian Institute for Suicide Research And Prevention Research (AISRAP) – Project Participants Required

Do you work with people who are suicidal or potentially at risk of suicide? We are interested in how you undertake suicide risk assessment and your attitudes and views around this work

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) Griffith University, would value the opportunity to hear about how you currently assess for suicidality in your clients or patients that you work with.

It is very important to us that we hear the ‘voice’ of clinicians and workers in suicide prevention around important suicide risk assessment behaviours, in order to understand:

  1. how suicide risk assessment as actually undertaken in the sector of suicide prevention and,
  2. what the barriers and facilitators are of suicide risk assessment processes in ‘real world’ settings.

Sarah Spafford is a Master of Suicidology post graduate student undertaking this research as part of her post graduate study, under the primary supervision of Ms Jacinta Hawgood (Snr Lecturer, AISRAP) and would like to invite your voluntary participation in this important online survey.

The aim of our survey is to enquire about your experience of assessing a person’s suicidality in your day-to-day practice or service setting.

Type of volunteers needed:

If you currently work with people who are suicidal and have undertaken suicide risk assessment practice (of any type), and are 18 years or over, we would like to hear from you.

What would I be asked to do? How much time would it take?

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. It involves questions about your experience in suicide risk assessment training, your behaviours in undertaking a suicide risk assessment, your attitudes to suicide prevention and your motivation to intervene and respond to someone who is suicidal.

To learn more about the survey and to provide your consent to enter the survey, please click the link below.

Clinician experiences of suicide risk assessment in the real world setting.

We thank you in advance for your time and participation in this important project!

Warm regards,

Primary Investigator:  Ms Jacinta Hawgood (
Student investigator: Sarah Spafford (
Secondary Supervisor: Dr. Julianne Edwards (


2004 Palm Island riots: Queensland Government to pay $30m in class action case

Exclusive by David Chen. Updated Tue 1st May 2018 at 4:34pm

The Queensland Government has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a class action in the Federal Court over the 2004 Palm Island riots.

As part of the settlement reached with Palm Island residents in late April, the State Government has also agreed to offer an apology.

The settlement includes payments for 447 claimants as well as interest, legal and administrative costs.

Indigenous activist Lex Wotton, who was convicted of inciting the riots following the death of an Aboriginal man in Police Custody, launched the legal action in 2015.

The man, 36, died of massive internal injuries after he was arrested for being drunk and locked in a police cell, with no visible injuries at the time.

Hours later he was dead from massive internal injuries including broken ribs and a ruptured spleen, and his liver was so badly damaged it was almost cleaved in two across his spine.

The pathologist who conducted a postmortem compared the man’s injuries with those of plane crash victims.

Residents accused arresting officer Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley of murder, but he was acquitted of manslaughter in 2007.

On the day the Aboriginal man in question’s, autopsy results were read out, about a week after his death, Mr Wotton led angry residents on a riot through the town.

Mr Wotton was later convicted of inciting a riot and served 19 months in jail before being released on parole in 2014.

Mr Wotton and his family was awarded $220,000 in damages for racial discrimination in December 2016.

Police response was racist, court found

Island residents marched from the town square and burnt down the police station, court house and police houses.

Officers tried to barricade themselves as they were attacked with sticks and rocks, and told to leave the island.

Queensland’s then-Premier Peter Beattie declared a state of emergency and dozens of riot squad members were flown in to control the crowd.

The Federal Court found in November 2016 that police were racist in their response, and ordered compensation for one family, prompting momentum around a class action.

In her 2016 ruling, Federal Court Justice Debbie Mortimer found police had acted “with impunity”.

She also found the Queensland Police Service’s failure to suspend Senior Sergeant Hurley after the Aboriginal man’s death, was unlawful discrimination.

“I am satisfied the QPS … would not have had that attitude if this tragedy occurred in a remote, close-knit, but overwhelmingly non-Aboriginal community — for example, a pastoralist community in rural Queensland,” she said.

“But on Palm Island, QPS commanding and investigative officers operated with a sense of impunity, impervious to the reactions and perceptions of Palm Islanders, and very much with an ‘us and them’ attitude.”

Mr Wotton said he is glad the case has come to an end almost 14 years later.

“It did take a toll on me…and I’m probably still suffering in some sense from it all now but I can move on,” he said.

“I can concentrate more on myself now than be worried about this.

“The wider community didn’t have to go through what I had to, to get the outcome,” he said.

Lawyer Stewart Levitt said he was pleased with the outcome after working with Mr Wotton for nearly a decade.

“This is an opportunity for a celebration, but the other thing that does concern me is that people will be receiving substantial sums of money for the first time in their life. I just hope carpet baggers don’t prey on them and lighten their pockets rapidly,” Mr Levitt said.

“I’d like to see [the Australian Securities and Investment Commission] keeping a close watch to see what happens to the Indigenous [people] to ensure they’re not preyed upon by people with poor motives in respect to the sudden floods of funds that they’re going to be receiving in Palm Island, where there’s not even a bank branch.”

Suspended policeman Chris Hurley outside court in Brisbane

Photo Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley was acquitted of manslaughter in 2007.

AAP: Dave Hunt

Apology would also help community ‘move on’

Queensland Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said the Government would work with the community on a way to recognise the apology.

“I know that for many Palm Islanders this was an incredibly difficult time in their history,” she said.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the community as we move forward together.”

Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey said he hoped the settlement awarded last week would allow the community to move on.

“Hopefully that part of history will fade — I think it’s really important there’s an apology statement from the State Government,” Councillor Lacey said.

“From my end I certainly welcome the apology — it’s about healing but it’s also about moving on.”

“I think it’s really important a line is drawn in the sand and people move on.”

Law firm Levitt Robinson will hold two public meetings in May in north Queensland to explain the settlement to residents.

The Federal Court will sit in Townsville in June to decide whether to approve the settlement.


Acknowledgement of country

I acknowledge that the wealth of Australia today was created by robbing the Indigenous peoples of this country of their land, their lives, their health, their language, and their children. The denial of this history continues to rob them of their dignity and their birthright. I support a treaty.

Compassion therapy for voice-hearing

ABC Radio National “All in the Mind” – Sunday 29 April 2018 5:05pm

Compassion therapy for voice hearing

We all have different sides to ourselves. The angry self, the anxious self, the sad self … and then there’s the compassionate self. It’s not always easy to tap into compassion but it’s now being used as an important approach to therapy for voice hearing and psychosis. We head to a workshop which explores the power of cultivating compassion in those who hear voices, and in their therapists.

abc all in th mind getty images, Donald Iain Smith

Lyn Malcolm interviews three extraordinary people about the experience of psychosis


Amanda Waegeli Mental Health Recovery Training and Consultancy

Amanda Waegeli is a voice hearer in recovery, an ambassador for the Hearing Voices Community of Queensland and Chairperson of the Australian Hearing Voices Establishment Project. She is well-known and recognized in the International Hearing Voices Network as a peer mentor, trainer, presenter, group facilitator, and builder of hearing voices networks. Her powerful spoken, filmed and written work in the media and through her music has been well received globally, and assisted many individuals and organizations to have a greater awareness and understanding of what it is like to hear voices and how best to live with these experiences, in a recovery orientated way.

Amanda is also an experienced senior recovery trainer and workshop facilitator. Prepared training packages and workshops are listed below, with duration, audience and brief outlines.

Click the following link for further details regarding Amanda’s prospectus and workshops training schedule.

Amanda Waegeli Prospectus March 2016

Dr Charles Heriot-Maitland; Clinical Psychologist and Researcher
Kings College London

In his practice, psychologist Charlie Heriot-Maitland observed that people like Amanda who hear voices are often treated in very punitive ways. His research also showed that voice hearing isn’t always associated with psychosis. Some people in the general population hear voices as well, so he felt it important to change the approach to treatment.

Compassion focused therapy offered a really good normalising model because it’s based on the human brain, the evolved tricky brain, and the whole approach to therapy comes from that premise of normalising, de-shaming, developing relationships with experiences from that place.”

A compassionate-focused therapy group approach for acute inpatients: Feasibility, initial pilot outcome data, and recommendations

Heriot-Maitland, C., Vidal, J. B., Ball, S. & Irons, C. Mar 2014 In : British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 53, 1, p. 78-94

Matthew Ball, Mental health nurse, and Psychotherapist, Humane Clinic

Masters of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner

Adv Dip HE Nursing Mental health, Adv Dip Counselling

The HUMANE clinic is a private therapy service set up by Matt Ball – AHPRA registered Mental health Nurse, Credentialed mental health nurse and Full Member of Australian Association of Buddhist Counselors and Psychotherapists. Matt has over 15 experience years working with individuals and groups  in the UK and Australia. Matt also provides supervision, education and workshops and consultancy for individuals, families and organisations.  He currently works in private practice, the public health system and as a trainer for Blue Knot Foundation teaching trauma informed practice and the three phased approach to complex trauma.

For help in Australia

CAPS – Talk Suicide Support Service – Free telephone and face to face support      1800 008 255

Salvation Army Care Line     1300 36 36 22

Reach Out

Headspace     Register and chat now at eheadspace, or call 1800 650 890  Headspace

Lifeline    13 11 14

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour phone counselling and referral)

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111

QLife        1800 184 527    Phone & Chat  3.00 – 12.00 pm everyday

SANE Australia help

SANE Australia Helpline  –  Talk to a mental health professional (weekdays, 10am-10pm AEST) 1800 18 72 63

Helpline chat – Chat online with a mental health professional (weekdays 10am-10pm AEST)

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (24 hour phone counselling)

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Professional call back service referral line operates seven days a week)

Veterans Line 1800 011 046 (after hours professional telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families