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

Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum | Melbourne | 4-6 December

Pre-forum workshop 4th December | Forum 5th - 6th 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. 
Adele Cox
Chief Executive, Thirrili
Forum Convenor, Indigenous Suicide Prevention Forum  


4 December | Melbourne
08:30 am - 05:00 pm 
Community and Lived Experience - Workshop A  
Jonathan Link, Rural and Remote Mental Health  
  • Discover ways that lived experience can be utilised to empower individuals experiencing suicidal ideation
  • Learn how to best involve community in your Indigenous suicide prevention efforts
Indigenous Youth - Workshop B
Indi Clark, Koorie Youth Council 
  • Understand the challenges facing Indigenous youth today
  • Develop strategies to help Indigenous youth build resilience, access support, and improve wellbeing
National Suicide Prevention Taskforce - Workshop C
Morning Session: Leilani Darwin, Head of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Network, Black Dog Institute
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Network 
Afternoon Session: Jaelea Skehan, National Suicide Prevention Taskforce
  •  Join the Prime Minister’s National Suicide Prevention Taskforce to workshop ways you can help Indigenous communities achieve holistic wellbeing



Adele Cox

Chief Executive Officer & Project Director NICRS


Pat Dudgeon

Professor of Indigenous Studies & Project Director

CBPATSISP & University Of Western Australia

Christine Morgan


National Mental Health Commission & National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister

Hon.Gavin Jennings MLC

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Victoria State Government

Sonia Prevost Derbecker


Indigenous Men, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention, Movember (Canada)

Blair Exell

Group Manager, Education, Community Safety and Health Division

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Susan Anderson

Deputy CEO

Beyond Blue

Tom Brideson

State-wide Coordination Unit

NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Program

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Black Dog Institute

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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