Uniting the sector to build outcome-based suicide prevention programs that are accountable to Indigenous communities

Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum | Melbourne | 4-6 December

In 2019, there’s been an increase in efforts to reduce Indigenous suicide prevention through programs, initiatives, government prioritisation, and resourcing. Yet today, Indigenous Australians still have some of the highest rates of self-harm and suicide in the world, especially among those aged between 5-17. There are continued challenges and sometimes confusion about who and what is being responded to in the suicide prevention sector. Robust conversation and dialogue must be had about what the challenges and opportunities are. We need to talk, we need to plan, and we need to act. 
Join us at the Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum (Melbourne, December 4-6) to discuss how we can holistically address this human tragedy. Bringing together speakers from across Australia and from all corners of the suicide prevention space, the Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum will showcase lived experience stories, evidence-based findings, culturally safe programs, community empowerment efforts, and national action plans. Integral to this discussion will be your participation, your ideas, and your teamwork, resulting in a written statement of intent that can be used to benchmark your work. 
Please stay tuned for full program details.
Adele Cox
Chief Executive, Thirrili
Forum Convenor, Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum  


Adele Cox

Chief Executive Officer & Project Director NICRS


Hon.Gavin Jennings MLC

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Victoria State Government

Pat Dudgeon

Professor of Indigenous Studies & Project Director

University of Western Australia / ATSISPEP

Prof.Judy Atkinson

Emeritus Professor

Southern Cross University

Joe Williams

Former Professional Athlete and Mental Health Advocate

The Enemy Within

Belinda Duarte


Culture is Life

Dr. Mark Wenitong

Public Health Medical Advisor

Apunipima Cape York Health Council

Deborah Woods


Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service

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WHY ATTEND          

  • Learn how to embed cultural safety within your community/organisation
  • Workshop ways to implement empowering community led programs 
  • Discover how to engage youth in wellbeing activities and leadership
  • Build skills to identify Indigenous Australians at-risk of self-harm
  • Develop wellbeing programs that resonate with and employ Indigenous peoples
  • Explore how to secure partnerships with key stakeholders 
  • Hear from Indigenous Australians with lived-experience stories 
  • Share ideas on the best ways to prevent Indigenous suicide 


Those working to prevent suicide and improve wellbeing in Indigenous communities, including:
  • Government Health Departments
  • NFPs
  • PHNs
  • Emergency and Correctional Services
  • Local Councils
  • Community Members
  • Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations
  • Universities
  • Indigenous Youth Leaders



Supported by: Aventedge
The Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum will take place at a premium hotel in the Melbourne CBD. Delegates will be updated 4 weeks prior to the event.