Suicide Prevention Conference

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference, 5 – 6 May 2016, Alice Springs Convention Centre

Welcome from the Conference Organising Committee

This inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference gathers together experts and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the wider community from across the country to Alice Springs, the heart of the Aboriginal nations.  Over two days those gathered will exchange learnings, share lived experiences, build knowledge and inspire one another as to how we can best strengthen communities to tackle this entrenched tragedy.

Event details

5 – 6 May 2016
Welcome Reception - Wednesday 4 May 2016 5:00pm – Friday 6 May 2016 4:30pm
Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs NT
$770 (inc GST), plus airfares and accommodation
Conference Advisory Committee
Professor Pat Dudgeon
(Chair) UWA
Dion Tatow
Brendan Gibson
Richard Weston
Healing Foundation
Sue Murray
Suicide Prevention Australia
Erin Lew Fatt
Dameyon Bonson
Black Rainbow
Donna Murray
Donna Ah Chee
Vicki O’Donnell
Gerry Georgatos
Adele Cox
Dr Yvonne Luxford

Call for Papers

Thank you for your interest in presenting at a concurrent session at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference.  Abstract submissions are now open. Sessions will be between 15 and 25 minutes and are available on both 5 and 6 May. Abstract submission deadline is 5.00pm (WST) Wednesday 23 March 2016.

Abstracts are assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Experience working in the field
  • Lived experience of people who are delivering programs or services in the community
  • Preference will be given to presentations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or teams of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people

Please email Chrissie Easton, the ATSISPEP Project Coordinator an abstract on a topic you would like to present.

Registration information

  • Registration fee – $770 (inc GST) per person (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Access to sessions from 5 – 6 May 2016
  • Conference satchel
  • Tea breaks and lunches
  • Welcome Sundowner - Wednesday 4 May 2016
  • Conference Dinner - Thursday 5 May 2016


If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email Chrissie Easton, ATSISPEP Project Coordinator.

Bursary Information

The conference committee has funding to offer bursaries to persons who may otherwise be unable to attend the event due to financial restrictions.  Please read the bursary information and complete an application form if you are interested.

Bursary applications close on Thursday 31 March 2016.


The themes for the conference are:

  • Community Based Solutions
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Partnership
  • Clinical Factors
  • Sharing Knowledge 

The conference program is available below.

Keynote speakers

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man whose latest book Talking to My Country is a powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity. A journalist since 1987, Stan has covered some of the world’s biggest news events and has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards. He published his memoir, The Tears of Strangers in 2002 and in 2015, he won a Walkley award for his coverage of indigenous affairs.  He is Managing Editor of National Indigenous Television, Indigenous Affairs Editor at The Guardian and International Editor at Skynews. He is currently hosting a nightly news bulletin on NITV titled The Point with Stan Grant.

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

Rosalie Kunoth was born in 1937 at Utopia Cattle Station (Arapunya) in the Northern Territory of Australia to parents of the Amatjere people. Her paternal grandfather was German, hence her German surname. In 1951, Kunoth was 14 years old and staying at St Mary's Hostel in Alice Springs when the filmmakers Charles and Elsa Chauvel recruited her to play the title role in their 1955 Jedda. Her nickname was Rosie, but the Chauvels changed her name for the screen to Ngarla Kunoth. Kunoth was the first Indigenous female lead. The ground breaking film was played for audiences at the Cannes Film Festival 60 years later in 2015.In 1970 she married Bill Monks, settled in Alice Springs and had a daughter - Ngarla.

Sponsorship Opportunities

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee we invite you to join us as a funding partner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference. There are a number of levels of sponsorship you can nominate for if you wish to demonstrate your commitment to the community and government representatives about suicide prevention.

Download the sponsorship prospectus to learn about the various opportunities available.



We have negotiated generous hotel rates from the hotels listed below.

To book a room at Lasseters Hotel please click on the link below and enter the following details - Username - Suicide Prevention C and password - 1605ASPCCS.

To book a room at Double Tree please click on the hotel link below and enter the following code - GSISA.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs

Lasseters Hotel Casino

Other information

Please see the NT Travel website for more information about Alice Springs.

Related Suicide Conferences

Disclaimer - We are intending to record some of the sessions at our conference.  Please let us know if you do not wish to be filmed. 
The University of Western Australia
Healing Foundation
Telethon Kids Institute

Proudly supported/funded by the Australian Government.