Assessing Australia’s Progress in Suicide Prevention


The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association commends the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention for providing a discussion forum in response to the World Health Organization’s Report Preventing suicide: A global imperative.

Join news and current affairs journalist Mike Munro and a panel of experts as they discuss Australia’s response to the first ever World Health Organization (WHO) World Suicide Report.

As we know, suicide impacts many of us. In Australia alone 65,000 attempt to take their own lives each year. This statistic is alarming and sadly, it doesn't get much better globally.

World Suicide Prevention Day marks the release of a report conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report follows the adoption of the Mental Health Action Plan which commits all 194 member states to reducing their suicide rates by 10% by 2020.

What are our strengths?  What do we need to do better?

Panellists include:

  • Indigenous leader Dr Tom Calma AO
  • Professor Helen Christensen, Executive Director, Black Dog Institute
  • John Brogden, Chairman, Lifeline Australia
  • Dr Michael Dudley, Psychiatrist and Suicide Prevention Australia Board Director
  • Associate Professor Jane Burns, CEO Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
  • Graeme Cowan, Motivational speaker and Lived Experience representative

Date: Wednesday 10th September 2014
Time: 11 am – 12 pm AEST
Location: Online – via webcast
Cost: Free

Whether you work in the health sector, or are an interested member of the community, all are welcome to join in the forum and will be given the opportunity to submit questions to the panel.

Support World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday, 10 September 2014, visit for more information.

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