The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has announced the Gold Coast has been selected to host its 31st World Congress in 2021. The event will be held from 21- 24 September 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Congress will bring together around 800 mental health professionals, academics, crisis workers, teachers and suicide survivors from around the world.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said: “It’s encouraging to see more associations and multi-disciplinary medical and health conferences, choosing to align with the Gold Coast and its burgeoning reputation as Australia’s progressive hub for medicine, health and innovation.”
The Congress returns to Australia for the first time since 1997, with the organisation citing the appeal of the Gold Coast to international delegates as a major drawcard in the decision. “As a host city, the Gold Coast bid offered an intimate and holistic approach to accommodating our Congress, which is highly valued by our organisation. The bid was a collaborative effort, with strong local support from Griffith University, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), as well as the backing of Tourism and Events Queensland, Destination Gold Coast and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre”, said Professor Jane Pirkis, a psychologist and epidemiologist based at the University of Melbourne in Australia and one of IASP’s Vice Presidents.