What drives us
The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation is a nationwide, non-government, privately funded organisation focussed on providing help for those considering suicide and for their friends and relatives affected by such an event
For over ten years ASPF has run a nationwide dial-in recorded telephone message service together with a number of web based information sites.
Clinical Associate Professor David Horgan
Chairman & Medical Director
MB BCH BAO MRCPSYCH DPM MPHIL FRANZCP MD(Melb)
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
Honorary Psychiatrist, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Consultant Psychiatrist in Private Practice
Dr. David Horgan was educated in Dublin, where he graduated in Medicine. He trained in psychiatry in Edinburgh. He completed his Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, and also obtained a Diploma in Psychological Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons & Physicians in London. He simultaneously obtained the degree of Master of Philosophy in Psychiatry from the University of Edinburgh, based on research into patients with bipolar disorder misdiagnosed as having other illnesses.
Dr. Horgan moved to Melbourne in 1980 as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and he also completed a Doctorate Thesis in the University of Melbourne in 1983, on Psychiatric Aspects of Coronary Artery Surgery. He is mainly involved in private practice in psychiatry, particularly treating resistant depression, usually on referral from other psychiatrists.
He has an intense commitment to community suicide prevention. He established an Australia-wide freecall telephone suicide prevention service in 1997, listed under Suicide in every telephone directory, which receives many thousands of calls per year. He also established the websites www.suicideprevention.com.au andwww.aftersuicide.com.au as community services. He has recently established the registered Harm Prevention charity Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation. He is currently working with the Irish authorities to bring similar services into the Irish Republic.
Dr Horgan has been heavily involved over many years in teaching psychiatry to GPs, emphasising practicalities. He is currently researching, publishing and lecturing in the area of combined antidepressants in treating depression and preventing suicide.
John has enjoyed a career in telecommunications and IT, executive search and coaching and mentoring, spanning 40 years, culminating in executive positions in Australia & Europe. His experience covers global marketing and management roles in the sales, marketing and services functions. During this time he created a worldwide organisation, based in Paris, dedicated to the Telco industry sector before joining a South Australian software company in the role of CEO and taking that company into the European, Asian and American markets.
John joined Motorola in returning to Australia from France to start up a green-fields wireless infrastructure organisation servicing the Pacific marketplace. He was then elevated to the position of international Vice President, responsible for Telstra, one of Motorola’s twenty global accounts, with responsibility for whole-of-account P&L, overall account strategy and the global executive relationship. John has also spent time in Executive Search and Coaching and Mentoring with a focus on small start-up organisations.
John has extensive experience in strategy development and implementation, technology, sales & marketing and client relationship & contract management. He is a Fellow of the Company Directors Association and has held commercial and industry Board positions. John holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration in addition to his Science degree.
The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation is a nationwide, non-government, privately funded organisation focussed on providing help for those considering suicide and for their friends and relatives affected by such anevent. Our basic message is “you’d never tell a friend to die; tell yourself what you’d tell a friend”.
For over ten years ASPF has run a nationwide dial-in recorded telephone message service aimed at giving medical information, comfort, direction, an opportunity to reflect and an alternative to the person making the call. In addition, we have created several web sites with similar messages for the individual and their linked community.
ABN: 74 114 737 898