2019 Highlights from Postvention Australia

2019 was an eventful year for Postvention Australia, with the 6th Australian Postvention Conference being held in June, the National Reference Group being formed, as well as increased engagement with federal and state government and other stakeholders.

The 6th Australian Postvention Conference




Pictured (left to right, top to bottom):
1) Dr Diana Sands and suicide bereavement services
2) International speakers, Postvention Australia representatives and the Governor of NSW
3) Adele Cox, Thirrili and National Indigenous Critical Response Service
4) Alex O’Mara, Lived Experience Speaker at the Conference Dinner
5) Prof. Pat Dudgeon
6) Healing and Remembrance Tree
7) The Conference Resolutions

Postvention Australia and the Federal Government

Postvention Australia meeting with the Governor-General on the importance of postvention


Postvention Australia delegate meeting with Senior Advisers to the Prime Minister and Minister for Health


Meeting with the National Mental Health Commission


Toward Zero Suicides Forum in Canberra

Brad Farmer, Executive Officer of PVA, at the Working Together Towards Zero Suicides Forum, where suicide prevention and postvention were articulated as national priorities by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP and Prime Minister Scott Morrison


The NSW Ministry of Health – Towards Zero Suicide Initiatives

Postvention Australia met with the Mental Health Branch at the NSW Ministry for Health and presented the Postvention Australia Guidelines at the Suicide Bereavement Initiative Launch.

End of Year PVA Meetings

Members of the National Reference Group met to set strategic directions for postvention in Australia


Face to Face Board Meeting held on 7 December with new appointed Board members, Lidia Di Lembo (SabrinasReach4Life), Dr Louise Flynn (Support After Suicide), Darrin Larney (SOSBSA) and Dr Caroline Atkinson (We-Al-li).


Thank you for your support to us in 2019. We look forward to a new invigorated Postvention Australia in 2020.


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