ASfAR State-based Conference 2021 – 9th December 2021

ASfAR State-based Conference 2021 – 9th December 2021

Mental Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention in Autism: Bringing Autistic People, Researchers and Health Professionals Together

This Australian-first conference is presented by the Australian Society for Autism Research in association with the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. While research has shown that autistic people are at greater risk of suicide and suicidal ideation, knowledge-sharing between mental health professionals and autism researchers, and even less input from autistic people into the kinds of treatments that would best help them. Australian autistic adults have a high rate of suicidal ideation, yet have great difficulty accessing appropriate mental health supports for suicide prevention. Learn more about why this is, and how we can improve supports, at the Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention in Autism conference.

2021 Conference videos are now available through our members portal


Venue: Online – immersive conference environment designed by

Intended audience: Researchers with an interest in autism and/or mental health; Clinicians, psychologists and allied health professionals working in autism and/or mental health; Students of psychology; People with lived experience of autism and/or mental health issues; Carers and family members.

Tickets/ Registration: FREE for attendees with lived experience; FREE for ASFAR members (Full, Student, Post-doctoral); $25-$50 for other attendees


Keynote speakers:

Dr. Brenna Maddox is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in the Department of Psychiatry

A/Prof Jo Robinson leads the suicide prevention research unit, at Orygen in Melbourne Australia.

Professor Phil Batterham is a Professor at the Centre for Mental Health Research, Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Lisa Morgan (author, researcher, speaker, co-chair of the Autism and Suicide committee of the American Association of Suicidality, expert with lived-experience)

Conference Flyer – ASfAR 2021 Dec 9 State conference

Conference convenor: Dr Darren Hedley, Suicide Prevention Australia Fellow at OTARC;