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With just a couple of weeks before the start of the 31st World Congress, a truly international, full and diverse programme has been assembled with over 350 presentations from all over the globe. 

The IASP World Congress is the primary global collaborative opportunity for expert thinking related to suicide and suicide prevention. For the first time, our virtual congress offers an entirely inclusive event allowing participants to benefit from all congress content over time with presentations for 12 months post congress to all registered delegates. 

We are delighted to start announcing details of the programme and speakers  including plenary sessions which include: 

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention

Ms Bronwen Edwards

Embracing the ‘golden thread’ of lived experience as we collectively navigate and reimagine suicide prevention

Professor Rory O’Connor

Understanding suicide risk in the time of COVID

Professor Nicholas Procter

Suicide Prevention and Safety Planning for People of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Background

Professor Murad Khan

SDGs, Suicide Prevention & LMICs: A goal too far?

Keynote sessions will be topic led and include:  Suicide in Boys & Men, Lived Experience, Female Suicide & Self-Harm, Workplace, Loneliness & Disconnectedness, Covid-19, Children & Adolescents, Community and Implementation.

In addition to the line-up of incredible Plenary and Keynote Speakers we are also delighted to have a very special guest speaker for the Welcome Guest Session, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, who will be joining us from London. 

Keep an eye out as we will be releasing more details of the programme in the run up to the congress.

The 2021 World Congress has attracted an unprecedented number of Bursaries. We are very grateful to the support of our Partner, The National Mental Health Commission and Sponsors LivingWorks, Orygen, BeyondBlue and The Gold Coast Convention Centre in providing this funding. Approximately 190 bursaries have been offered and accepted with participation from diverse community groups such as CALD, Indigenous, LGBTQI+, Regional/Remote, Youth, Lived Experience and Carers to name a few.

IASP is exceptionally proud to present this World Congress alongside our Partners and Sponsors, all of whom have helped to bring this amazing program together in their own way.

Be it virtually, we look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in September. Registration are still open so do not miss this opportunity.

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