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Australian first – public defence and veteran suicide prevention symposium

Australian first – public defence and veteran suicide prevention symposium

Academics, experts and practitioners from across Australia will come together in March to look at suicide prevention and mental health through a two-day symposium in Canberra, themed ‘Prevention Through Understanding'.

The National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention research symposium will run on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 March and focus on current and emerging research on death by suicide in the defence and veteran community.

The symposium is being convened by the interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, Dr Bernadette Boss CSC. The symposium will also be available through digital live stream for delegates who are unable to attend in person. The registration for the symposium is now online at consol.eventsair.com/onc-veteran-suicide/rego.

Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister, Christine Morgan will be the keynote speaker talking about the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan: the importance of family engagement.

Other speakers include Scentia Professor Richard Bryant, School of Psychology speaking about the complexity of assessing and treating post-concussion syndrome (traumatic brain injury) as against post-traumatic stress disorder and veteran mental health advocate Nikki Jamieson discussing ‘moral trauma and veteran mental health'. A full list of speakers and the symposium program can be found by visiting consol.eventsair.com/onc-veteran-suicide/rego.

Interim national Commissioner Dr Boss CSC said “It is important we shine a light in the dark places that facilitate death by suicide. We need a green field and blue sky thinking to understand why it is happening and how it can be prevented.”

“We will be hearing from academics, experts and practitioners about current and emerging research on the factors related to suicide in the defence and veteran community. I encourage anyone interested in defence and veteran suicide prevention to participate in person or via live stream,” said Dr Boss CSC.

The symposium for Defence and Veteran Suicide: Prevention Through Understanding is being held at the QT Hotel in Canberra, on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 March, 2021.

To register your interest for the symposium visit consol.eventsair.com/onc-veteran-suicide/rego.

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