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National Suicide Prevention Office Partnerships

The National Suicide Prevention Office (NSPO) is a specialist unit established to lead the adoption of a national whole-of-governments approach to suicide prevention in Australia.

To achieve an Australia where no person feels driven to take their own life, the NSPO will provide strategic advice to all parts and levels of government on the actions required to enhance protective factors, address the social determinants of suicide, intervene early in distress, provide coordinated and compassionate care, and improve continuous long-term support. 

In order to achieve this, the National Suicide Prevention Office is committed to ensuring our work is guided and informed by partnerships with people with lived experience of suicide and draws on the rich combined knowledge and expertise of individuals, communities, service providers, advocates, researchers and government agencies.  

National Suicide Prevention Office Advisory Board Members

REPRESENTING EXPERTISE

NSPO ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

ORGANISATION

NSPOAB Chair

Alan Woodward

 

Commissioner,

National Mental Health Commission

National Mental Health Commission

Christine Morgan

 

Chief Executive Officer,

National Mental Health Commission

Economics

Prof Henry Cutler

 

 

Director,

Centre for Health Economy, Macquarie Business School

Governance

 

Dr Wendy Southern PSM

 

Recently retired.  Previously held Deputy Secretary positions in Dept of Health, the then Dept of Immigration and Citizenship and as a division head in Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Governance

Kym Peake

 

Partner,

EY Port Jackson

Health and social care systems

Prof. Kathy Eagar

 

Professor, Health Services Research and Director

AHSRI

Lived Experience Advisor

Graeme Holdsworth

 

Retired & Director, Suicide Prevention Australia Board

Lived Experience Advisor

Bronwen Edwards

 

Chief Executive Officer,

Roses In The Ocean

Social Policy

Prof. Karen Fisher

 

Social Policy Research Centre,

University of New South Wales

Social Policy

Prof. Steve Allsop

National Drug Research Institute,

Curtin University

Social Determinants:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Prof. Pat Dudgeon

 

 

 

Director,

Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention,

University of Western Australia

Social Determinants:

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Pino Migliorino

 

 

 

Managing Director & Chairperson,  

Cultural Perspectives Group

Social determinants: Health equity

 

Prof. Sharon Friel

 

 

Director,

Menzies centre for Health Governance,

Australian National University

Social Determinants:

LGBTQIA+

Nicolas Parkhill

 

Chief Executive Officer,

ACON

Social Determinants: Veterans

Gwen Cherne

 

Commissioner,

Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner

Peak Body:

Suicide Prevention Australia

Nieves Murray

 

 

Chief Executive Officer,

Suicide Prevention Australia

Peak Body:

Gayaa Dhuwi Proud Spirit Australia

Sarah Szydzik

 

 

Chief Executive Officer,

Gayaa Dhuwi Proud Spirit Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.

Diversity

The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.