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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
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 email@example.com from 10am-10pm weekdays AEST.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the following 24/7 crisis support services:
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:
Head of Campaigns & Communications
Phone: 0400 100 978 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
how suicide risk assessment as actually undertaken in the sector of suicide prevention and,
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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