5th Australian Postvention Conference

The 5th Australian Postvention Conference provides opportunities to learn, network, advocate, support and advise in the hope of reducing suicide by supporting those bereaved by suicide and those suffering intense emotional trauma, shock, grief and physical and mental ill health.


  • Those bereaved by suicide (families, friends and associates)
  • Carers
  • Crisis intervention workers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Clergy, pastoral care workers, spiritual advisors
  • Services providers (psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychologists, social workers, clinicians/counsellors, youth workers, aged care workers)
  • Funeral Services
  • Researchers
  • Police/Emergency services personnel
  • Military personnel
  • Education (teachers & school counsellors)
  • Worship centres/Churches
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Correctional Services
  • Human Services Organisations
  • Policy writers
  • Local Government
  • HR & Workplace manager


  1. To provide a voice for those bereaved by suicide through creative expression and integrating the stories of those bereaved by suicide across Australia.
  2. To reach out and support with Hope and Healing, military and emergency services personnel suffering intense emotional trauma, shock, grief and physical and mental ill health.
  3. To provide support, information and opportunities for networking and collaboration between postvention researchers, educators, policy writers, service providers, funeral directors, Indigenous communities, emergency services, military personnel, and those bereaved by suicide.
  4. To contribute to an evidence base through the exchange of research and practice knowledge.
  5. To raise the prominence of suicide bereavement issues at a national level and with the support of Postvention Australia.
  6. To highlight the range of Australian postvention services and promote an integrated and cohesive approach to the needs of bereaved people, Indigenous communities, military and emergency service personnel at a local, state, national and international level.


The Postvention Conference Healing and Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon, 25th March. The Ceremony is a unique event that is the heart of the conference provides an opportunity for individuals, families, friends and conference delegates to come together in strength and community to share and be supported in our grief as we honour and remember our loved ones and connect through Hope and Healing.

"Surviving the impact of suicide” – To lose someone close through suicide commonly results in intense emotional trauma, shock, grief, guilt, physical and mental ill health and adverse social consequences. The conference provides an opportunity for the comfort, hope and healing for those bereaved by suicide, as well as providing information and opportunities for collaboration for those supporting the bereaved by suicide. This is to facilitate resilience and equip the bereaved with skills to survive the impact of their loved one’s suicide. The Healing and Remembrance Service is a key event for assisting the bereaved by suicide, together with emergency services and military personnel, to come together to support and comfort each other through their painful trauma and grief.


The 5th Australian Postvention Conference Organising Committee is currently in the process of building the Conference Program.

Please register your interest with isabella@alignmentevents.com.au should you want to receive a copy of the program once available.

The 5th Australian Conference Organising Committee program will be released in December.