Our Work & Impact

PVA is the leading voice for those bereaved by suicide, driving national and international advocacy work including:

Leading and Advocating

PVA is the leading voice for those bereaved by suicide, driving national and international advocacy work including:

Establishment of a National Reference Group in 2019 to steer the strategic direction of PVA and representation of the Australian postvention sector.

Conducting the biennial Australian Postvention Conference.

Encouraging stakeholder engagement for a unified voice.

Providing national and international representation for Australias post-suicide support service providers and support groups.

Representing the views of the conference delegation at a Federal and State Government level to advocate for programs to fill in the gaps in service for the bereaved by suicide.

Supporting and creating best practice across the sector.

Creating world first resources of support.

Guiding advice and policy development to government.

Co-ordinating various events to increase and enhance public awareness.

Educating and Training

PVA promotes best-practice education, training, resources and research about postvention to build the capability and capacity of Australia’s suicide bereavement services.

PVA also works to build awareness and understanding in the wider community to destigmatise suicide to reduce the shame and isolation of those bereaved by suicide. 

PVA’s education and training work includes:

  • The 2020 NSW Post-Suicide Support Webinar Series, which promoted networking, education and training by bringing together postvention professionals, researchers, international presenters, peer and lived experience workers, health and frontline workers and those bereaved by suicide.

  • Development of a world first nationally accredited Certificate III in Suicide Postvention that equips professionals, peers and lived experience volunteers with the skills and knowledge to effectively address the needs of those bereaved by suicide. 

  • Developed, in partnership with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, the Postvention Australia Guidelines – guidelines for organisations and individuals providing services to people bereaved by suicide.

  • Establishment of the QPR Institute Australia (Question, Persuade and Refer) which provides evidence-based online and face-to-face suicide crisis training. This includes a gatekeeper course designed to inform and upskill the general public in being able to intervene appropriately to assist people who are at risk of suicide.

  • Development and management of the PVA website as a comprehensive online resource for the bereaved and those supporting them. The website provides geographic listings of local support groups and agencies across Australia and provides advice and resources (information, education, research, books, DVDs, and links to other websites) to support those bereaved by suicide. 

  • Establishing strategic partnerships to promote and support appropriate research including for those most at risk such as indigenous, CALD and LGBTQIA+ communities.


PVA works to build an integrated national network of suicide postvention partners, service providers, educators and researchers that have access to best-practice, evidence-based information and resources.

PVA also works to connect the newly bereaved to best-practice, evidence-based support resources.
This work includes:

Development of a NSW State Post-Suicide Support Directory that provides postvention information in one central directory.

Development of Suicide Bereavement Care Pack that provides newly bereaved by suicide with up to date, consistent and reliable information and support for the practical, psychological and emotional turmoil that often accompanies a suicide death. 

Maintaining a national register of support groups across Australia. 

Working with Stakeholders to reduce the impacts of suicide, reduce duplication and improve coverage of services.

Working to establish a network and support for support groups and their workers.

National Biennial Australian Postvention Conference.

Postvention Australia conducts Australia’s only national suicide bereavement conference. This conference brings together international and national clinicians and researchers, national service providers, governments, and bereaved individuals to share ideas, stories and research to elevate postvention on the national and international agenda, and to build a strong community of support and advocacy for those bereaved by suicide. 

Conference & Events


Our Board
& Patrons

Australia’s leading experts in suicide prevention and Postvention as well as bereaved representatives.


About Postvention Australia

Postvention Australia is the national association representing and supporting suicide bereavement.


What is

Providing support, information and resources after a suicide is widely known as ‘postvention’.