Invitation to Sponsor

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide rates remain high in Australia, with Indigenous Australians being more than twice as likely to die by suicide than non-Indigenous Australians (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016). Young Indigenous people (aged 15-24) are particularly vulnerable, being over five times more likely to die by suicide than their non-Indigenous peers (Dudgeon et al., 2016).

Following the success of the inaugural National Indigenous Suicide Prevention (NISP) Conference in Alice Springs, Northern Territory in 2016, the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) invites you to Perth, Western Australia for the second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference and the second World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference.

Our Indigenous communities, both nationally and internationally, share common histories and are confronted with similar issues stemming from colonisation. Strengthening our communities so that we can address high rates of suicide is one of these shared issues. The Conferences will provide more opportunities to network and collaborate between Indigenous people and communities, policy makers and researchers. The Conferences are unique opportunities to share what we learn and to collaborate on solutions that work in suicide prevention. This also enables us to highlight our shared priorities with political leaders in our respective countries and communities.

Your support as a sponsor of the Conferences will help assist more delegates to attend, to share and learn in a safe environment and enable a more comprehensive program. There are selections of packages available to assist in funding the delivery of the Conferences. These packages are only intended as a guide, should your organisation have an alternative idea or budget in mind, please contact our event managers, Encanta, on (08) 9389 1488 to further discuss possible sponsorship opportunities.

Jill Milroy
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education)
University of Western Australia