S2:E28 | Mr Alan Woodward: Understanding & Preventing Suicide – Support for Patients and Carers

 S2:E28 | Mr Alan Woodward: Understanding & Preventing Suicide – Support for Patients and Carers

Each year, more than 3000 Australians end their lives— this is about 8 people a day. To prevent suicide and reduce these numbers, it’s important to make sure all Australians get the support they need. One professional passionate about making a change is Mr Alan Woodward.

Alan has worked in the fields of mental health, crisis support and suicide prevention for 20 years as an executive leader, service and program developer, evaluator, researcher and expert advisor to governments and peak bodies. As a Board Director for nine years and more recently as a strategic advisor on quality and innovation with Suicide Prevention Australia, Alan has significantly contributed to the national suicide prevention policy.

Alan worked for Lifeline Australia in various executive roles for 14 years until 2018, including the Lifeline Research Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Science and Policy, a Business Degree in Public Administration and a Diploma in Arts/Communication.

Tune in this week as Alan discusses his professional journey and key achievements, including the progress being made in suicide prevention, and the proactive steps we can take to support both patients and carers.