Special Announcement from SPA Chair

Feb 07, 2018, 06:21 AM

Audio of a video message from Suicide Prevention Australia Chair Matthew Tukaki. He has some important news to share with you about our organisation. This includes the search for a new Chief Executive Officer and our announcement appointing a new Research Fund Director to take charge of the new National Research Fund administered by Suicide Prevention Australia on behalf of the Australia Government. 


Hello friends

The Suicide Prevention Australia team has come into the new year with a lot to do and a shared passion and energy to work with our Members and colleagues to support more Australians to live. 

Today, as SPA Chair, I have some exciting news to share with you.

As you may know, SPA’s functions have expanded in the past 12 months with Government and organisation investment in Australia’s first National Research Fund dedicated to suicide prevention and an online Best Practice Hub.

This is a huge piece of work that needs to be managed alongside the existing work we do for our Members.

To support this, we have revised the role of CEO and introduced a new role of Research Fund Director, for which we undertook an extensive recruitment process.

I am delighted to announce that the person who introduced the concept of the dedicated suicide prevention research fund and led the campaign to get it funded, will continue to be a driving force for the fund. Congratulations to Sue Murray, our new Research Fund Director.

We are delighted that Sue has accepted this exciting new role, but it does mean we had to accept her resignation as CEO.

To ensure stability and service as we go through the recruitment process Deputy CEO Kim Borrowdale, known to many of you in her four years working for SPA has agreed to take on the Acting CEO role with ongoing support from Sue. The SPA Board is confident these transition arrangements will ensure leadership continuity and operational consistency for our Members and stakeholders.

So, what now? SPA will be business as usual as we commence the search for an ambitious, innovative, strategic leader to join our team as Chief Executive Officer. Let me know if you or someone you know would like to throw their hat in the ring for SPA CEO. As with every top job in this sector, the role will come with its challenges but the contribution the CEO makes, as we’ve seen with Sue and those before her at SPA, is invaluable. Thank you as always for your support.

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Matthew Tukaki, Chair

Chair , Suicide Prevention Australia 

Email: chair@suicidepreventionaust.org