Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference
Welcome from the Conference Organising Committee
The inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference gathered 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 exchanged learnings, share lived experiences, built knowledge and inspired one another as to how we can best strengthen communities to tackle this entrenched tragedy.
Social Media Report
The conference highlights report includes photos, quotes and social media snippets. With the sponsorship of OneVision we utilised Croakey Conference News Service to provide comprehensive social media reporting. Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, attended the conference and reported directly, and Melissa Sweet coordinated and edited the process.
Please visit the ATSISPEP flickr page to see more photos from conference.
Along with professional photographs by Lisa Hatzimihail, we are pleased to include photos taken by conference delegates. If you have great shots you would like added, please contact Jan Burrows (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stan Grant interviews for The Point
The importance of the conference was recognised by a large media presence. This included NITV who broadcast material for a dedicated program of The Point.
Interviews with Ernie Dingo
We were keen to record the voices of the people attending the conference, and who better to do this than the iconic Ernie Dingo. We thank everyone who generously shared their stories.
Conference Room – Talks and Presentations
Participants deeply valued the opportunity to hear about projects from across the country driven by community and embedded in culture.
Two Aboriginal leaders inspired delegates with their strong and honest speeches.
About the keynote speakers
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 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.
Abstracts presented to the conference were 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 was given to presentations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or teams of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people
The themes for the conference were:
- Community Based Solutions
- Social Determinants of Health
- Clinical Factors
- Sharing Knowledge