30 April – 2 May 2024, Adelaide

Abstract submissions – are now Closed.

Suicide Prevention Australia invites abstract submissions for presentations at the National Suicide Prevention Conference 2024 being held 30 April – 2 May 2024 in Adelaide.

The 2024 National Suicide Prevention Conference theme, ‘Collective Courage. Accelerate Impact’, aims to empower attendees to take meaningful actions, understand the real impact of their work, and contribute to collective efforts in suicide prevention.

The theme highlights the importance of collective action, measuring impact, learning from inspiring speakers, and providing support for impactful initiatives to prevent suicide. The conference program will showcase the latest research, evidence-informed solutions, new thinking and lived experience-led innovation.

If you would like to present a paper, a poster, host a workshop or panel-style discussion at the National Suicide Prevention Conference, submitting an abstract is the first step.

All abstracts must be submitted via the online portal.


An abstract for consideration should be submitted online and should not exceed 400 words.

Your abstract submission should provide a concise overview of your presentation.

Author names will not appear on the abstract itself; all abstracts will go through a
‘blind’ selection process, with no reference to the author or co-presenter.

High-quality abstracts considered for presentation will include:

  • Relevance/importance to National Suicide Prevention Conference audience: The abstract for the presentation will have an emphasis on and/or relevance to current suicide prevention/postvention in Australia (i.e., it is a paper for this conference, not another).
  • Conference theme and topics: The abstract will offer something of significant interest or highlight current research relating to the conference theme ‘Collective Courage. Accelerate Impact’.
  • Inclusion of Lived Experience: The abstract demonstrates meaningful incorporation of lived experience of suicide. Or the appropriateness of justification as to why the inclusion of lived experience is not possible or applicable.
  • Technical quality: The standard of the abstract is of high quality and relevant to the presentation mode.
  • Safe language: The abstract demonstrates the use of safe, inclusive, and non-stigmatising language when communicating about suicide.

Submissions Open: Monday 18 September 2023

Submissions Close: Friday 1 December 2023

Submissions are now closed and successful
applicants will be notified in early 2024.

Presentation types available:

  • Oral presentation (max 25mins presentation)
  • Poster
  • Symposia, panel, round table style presentation (max 60mins with a connecting topic or theme across multiple presenters)
  • Workshop or forum (max 4hrs)

The Conference Program Committee will review abstracts and determine the details of the concurrent sessions, and presentation types. Successful authors may be offered the presentation type of their choice, either oral, symposia/panel style or workshop presentation.
Note: Unsuccessful presenters may be offered an alternative presentation type to their original submission.

Encouraged stream options:

  • Lived experience
  • Indigenous and First Nations
  • CALD
  • Workplace or industry approaches
  • Men
  • Women
  • Young people
  • Rural and remote
  • Trauma
  • Social determinants of health
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Postvention or Suicide Bereavement Support
  • Means Restriction
  • Training or Gatekeeper training
  • Data, Evidence and Translational Research
  • Policy or Government
  • Digital or E-Mental Health
  • Wellness
  • Leadership

Terms and Conditions

Presenters submitting an abstract for consideration by the conference program committee you are required to agree to the following conditions during the submission process:

  • The presenter (s) have reviewed the abstract guidelines when submitting an abstract
  • The presenter (s) will apply safe, inclusive, and non-stigmatising language when communicating about suicide
  • The presenter (s) will avoid discussion of method and location when communicating about suicide. If the presenter(s) identifies it is necessary to discuss details of the method and or location, please contact sharonb@suicidepreventionaust.org before submitting an abstract
  • The presentation will have an emphasis on and/or relevance to National Suicide Prevention Conference.
  • Each presenter for accepted abstracts must confirm their participation and register before the specified date.
  • Successful presentations must be presented by the submitting presenter(s).
  • Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the conference committee and abstract reviewer decisions are final.

Abstract Reviewing Process 

All abstracts submitted for presentation at the National Suicide Prevention Conference 2024 will be ‘blind’ reviewed by the Program Review Committee. The first round of abstract acceptances will be circulated in early 2024.

Any enquiries regarding the abstract submission process, please contact fiona.c@asnevents.net.au

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