Event Information


Who should attend the symposium?
The symposium appeals to a diverse audience including academics, service providers, educators, private sector, government, mental health advocates, social welfare leaders and people with lived experience.

  • Academics
  • Administrators
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Carers
  • Clinicians
  • Community Representatives
  • Consumers
  • Counsellors
  • Educations Institutions
  • First Responders – Emergency Service / Defence / Police / Volunteer Personnel
  • General Practitioners
  • Health Professionals Local/State/Governments
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Nurses
  • People with Lived Experience of Suicide
  • Policy Makers
  • Private Health Services
  • Private Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Public Health Services
  • Researchers
  • Rural Mental Health Providers
  • Social Workers

What will happen during the virtual symposium?
The format of the symposium will be very familiar to previous Suicide Prevention Australia conferences. The symposium will feature keynote presentations, breakout discussion sessions and panel discussions, and will include live moderated Q&As after keynote presentations.
Additionally, there will be time for interactive networking with fellow delegates and opportunities to explore the virtual exhibition, where you will be able to engage directly with exhibitors.

What does registration include?
Registrants will have access to the online platform which will enable you to:
• View keynote presentations and breakout sessions and ask questions live.
• Participate in live interactive networking functions.
• Visit the Virtual Exhibition to meet and interact with exhibitors.
• When logged into the online platform, you have the alibility to pre-arrange meetings with delegates,
presenters & exhibitors through the Meeting Hub.
• Utilise a suite of tools to enhance your attendance including live Q&A, event notes, contact exchange and downloadable content.
• Exclusive access to symposium content for future on demand viewing (for up to 60 days post symposium)

What are the benefits of online symposiums?
• Removal of the significant barrier of travel and accommodation expenses.
• Remote participation will reduce the carbon footprint, hence helping the environment.
• Attending the symposium while not being absent from home or work.
• Online materials and recorded sessions will enhance the exchange of knowledge between presenters and the audience contact,
during and even after the event (up to 60 days after).

Will the virtual symposium be free?
No, however the virtual symposium will be offered at a reduced fee. Although many of the costs of a face to face meeting are no longer applicable, there are new costs and different resources required to run an online meeting.

When will I receive my link to the online portal?
A weblink will be sent to you by email one week prior to the virtual symposium from Symposium Organisers, Encanta Event Management. Please check your junk folder if you do not receive the access email. If you do not receive the email, please contact encanta@encanta.com.au to have this resent to you.

Will sessions be available for viewing after the virtual symposium?
Those who register for the symposium will have access to on-demand content post event (up to 60 days). Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend the live sessions to foster networking, participation, and a symposium like experience.


What time zone will the program be in?
The time zone will be in Australian Eastern Standard Time. The program is being created in consideration of the different Australian and New Zealand time zones. To check your time zone please click here.

Will sessions be pre-recorded or live?
The online program will be a mix and have a live conference feel. In some circumstances it may be necessary to utilise pre-recorded presentations. Live Q&A will be available with presenters.

Will I be able to ask questions and participate in sessions?
During each session, there will be a live Q&A text function for you to ask presenters questions. At the end of each stream, there will be a Q&A session for all presenters. Questions asked throughout the session will be chosen by the chair to be asked however, only the session chair and presenters will be able to speak or be seen. You will be able to contact the presenter through the Meeting Hub at any time with any further questions. There is also a discussion function within each session; this is an open forum where all participants are able to type comments as part of an online discussion.

Will there still be a social program?
Interactive networking functions will be held throughout the symposium. Further details will be available once confirmed.


Do I need reliable internet?
Yes, we recommend that you have reliable internet to get the most out of the symposium. Hardwired internet is generally more reliable and faster than Wi-Fi. A camera and microphone will be required for networking functions.

Will I need to download specific software?
Specific software is not required. You will be provided with a weblink to the online platform, one week prior to the virtual symposium. Google Chrome is the recommended browser for the virtual symposium web application. If you typically use Internet Explorer or Safari, it is recommended that you download Chrome prior to the virtual symposium. It offers Zoom facilities fully embedded in a personal and secured environment. Q&A, exhibition space and a Meeting Hub will also be offered. Full online support before and during the virtual symposium will be available to all the attendees, speakers, session chairs and exhibitors. We strongly advise that you participate in the virtual symposium via your desktop or laptop computer that has speakers. Mobile devices are supported however the best experience will be via computer. You will also require a reliable broadband internet connection.

What is a Virtual Exhibition?
Just like a traditional exhibition at a face to face meeting, attendees can visit the virtual exhibition hall and engage with exhibitors. Attendees can view exhibitor information, download brochures, and when the exhibition is open, engage in instant meetings, by video or text, with exhibitors.

What is the Meeting Hub?
Just because the symposium is being held online doesn’t mean you won’t have the opportunity to network. The Suicide Prevention Australia Symposium online platform includes a dedicated Meeting Hub where participants can invite each other to connect, have live chat sessions, schedule one-on-one video conferences, and much more.


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