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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 diverse insights and rich combined knowledge and expertise of individuals, communities, service providers, advocates, researchers and government agencies.  

Lived Experience Partnership Group

In order to achieve lasting reform, the NSPO is committed to ensuring that people with a lived experience of suicide are partners in the work of the organisation. The LEPG will provide value to the NSPO through the contribution of diverse views and expertise.

The overall purpose of the Lived Experience Partnership Group is to:

  • Ensure lived experience insights and knowledge are incorporated into the operations and work of the National Suicide Prevention Office, including the development of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy and National Suicide Prevention Outcomes Framework
  • Provide subject matter expertise to the NSPO on current and emerging issues
  • Advise on current and emerging policy based on the expertise of members
  • Advise the NSPO on effective and inclusive ways of meaningfully partnering with people with lived experience of suicide in the performance of its duties
  • Provide advice on engagement activities, such as targeted advisory groups, to ensure inclusive and equitable opportunities for influence
  • Identify any potential barriers to the success of the work of the NSPO and opportunities to address these.
State Member
ACT Ben Farinazzao
NSW Amy Bertakis
NSW Benjamin Brien
NSW Jo Riley
NSW Ken Barnard
NT Charles Nasir
QLD Chris Trupp
QLD Jordan Frith
QLD Luke Woods
SA Adila Alef
VIC Imbi Pyman
VIC Isha Garg
TAS Chaya Rainbird
WA Susan Edgar

Click here to access a summary of the diversity of lived experience leadership and cultural representation within this group.

National Suicide Prevention Office Advisory Board Members





Dr Alan Woodward



National Mental Health Commission

Paul McCormack


Interim Chief Executive Officer,

National Mental Health Commission


Prof Henry Cutler




Centre for Health Economy, Macquarie Business School



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.


Kym Peake



EY Port Jackson

Health and social care systems

Prof. Kathy Eagar


Professor, Health Services Research and Director


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





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




Menzies centre for Health Governance,

Australian National University

Social Determinants:


Nicolas Parkhill


Chief Executive Officer,


Social Determinants: Veterans

Gwen Cherne



Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner

Peak Body:

Suicide Prevention Australia

Nieves Murray



Chief Executive Officer,

Suicide Prevention Australia

Peak Body:

Gayaa Dhuwi Proud Spirit Australia


Rachel Fishlock



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.


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.