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Collaborating across sectors to end homelessness across Australia 

Homelessness has increased 13.7% in the past five years, and is expected to rise further as a result of impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Never has there been a more critical time for Australia to put homelessness at the top of the political agenda. 

 

It’s critical to ensure individuals experiencing homelessness receive the appropriate support in order to transition out of homelessness. This includes ensuring services are accessible, holistic, culturally appropriate and person-centric, as well as putting a focus on prevention and early intervention models and transitioning out of homelessness pathways. 

 

The National Homelessness Forum will address the key challenges to tackling homelessness in Australia and ensuring that individuals experiencing homelessness are appropriately supported. Delegates will gain tools and strategies to tailor services and wraparound support, improve service delivery and how to develop cross-sector partnerships to streamline services and improve accessibility. 

Attend this forum and learn how to:

Create prevention and early intervention models to support people at risk of homelessness 

Develop tailored, culturally appropriate, holistic and person-centric services to ensure  that individuals receive the best possible support 

Develop collaborate cross-sector partnerships to streamline service delivery and accessibility  

Effectively transition people out of homelessness and provide post-homelessness support 

Speakers

Austin Campbell

Chief Executive Officer
My Streets Ireland

Claire Horton

Programme Lead Homeless Prevention and Financial Inclusion
Newcastle City Council UK

Suzanne Hopman

Chief Executive Officer
and Co-Founder
Dignity 

Gerry Georgatos

National Coordinator
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

Emma Colombera

Director Housing and Homelessness 
Department of Communities WA

Karen Walsh

Executive Director Housing and Program Reform, Department of Territory Families
Housing and Communities NT

Mervyn Eades

Founder and
Chief Executive Officer
Ngalla Maya

Megan Krakouer

Director
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

Suzanne Naden

Chief Executive Officer
Bungree Aboriginal Association

Adrian Munro

Chief Executive Officer
Richmond Wellbeing

Gayle Mitchell

Practice Lead
UnitingCare West

Paul Tommasini

Chief Executive Officer
InCommunity and Tenancy Skills Institute

Craig Stewart

State Director WA
Red Cross Australia

Leanne Barron

Chief Executive Officer
Starick

Johnson Riley

Aboriginal Visitor’s Scheme
Department of Justice WA

Jim Morrison

Managing Director
Yokai

Connie Georgatos

Support Admin
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

Trevor Walker

Chief Executive Officer
Aboriginal Corporation for Homeless and Rehabilitation Community Services

Bryan Lipmann

Chief Executive Officer
and Founder
Wintringham

Allan Sumner

Chief Executive Officer
and Founder
Aboriginal Sobriety Group

Ian Cox

Head of Office for Homelessness
Sector Integration
SA Housing Authority

Summit Agenda

8:00 AM | Registration opens

8:45 AM | Welcome to country 

9:00 AM | Opening remarks from the Chair
Gerry Georgatos, National Coordinator, National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project 

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Conference Day One - 27 April 2021

8:00 AM | Registration opens

8:45 AM | Welcome to country 

9:00 AM | Opening remarks from the Chair
Gerry Georgatos, National Coordinator, National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project 

Putting an end to homelessness through prevention and early intervention 

9:10 AM | Examining homelessness in Western Australia and upcoming initiatives  

  • Analysing homelessness statistics in WA and challenges across the state  
  • Evaluating the impacts of COVID-19 on Australia’s homeless population 
  • Exploring opportunities for increased collaboration across states, territories and communities 

Emma Colombera, Director Housing and Homelessness, Department of Communities WA 

9:40 AM | Discussing the future of public housing in the Northern Territory 

  • Creating a housing and homelessness system that is flexible and accessible 
  • Improving the long-term sustainability of the housing system in the Northern Territory 
  • Providing appropriate public housing that aligns with the needs of communities 
  • Strengthening access of Territorians to a range of housing options 

Karen Walsh, Executive Director Housing and Program Reform, Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities NT 

10:10 AM | International Case Study
The Active Inclusion Newcastle Project’s approach to long-term homelessness prevention 

  • Identifying and supporting people at risk of homelessness before they reach crisis point 
  • Coordinating across organisations to increase access to supports and prevent homelessness 
  • A look at the takeaways from an award-winning strategy to homelessness prevention 
  • Examining lessons learned and the path going forward 

Claire Horton, Programme Lead Homeless Prevention and Financial Inclusion, Newcastle City Council UK *virtual presentation 

10:40 AM | Morning break

11:10 AM | Panel discussion 
Preparing for an increased demand in homelessness services 

  • Identifying where there’s an increased demand 
  • Coping with an increased demand on limited resources 
  • Developing collaborative partnerships to share resources and increase capability 

Leanne Barron, Chief Executive Officer, Starick 

Gayle Mitchell, Practice Lead, UnitingCare West 

Suzanne Hopman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Dignity 

12:00 PM | Case Study
Preventing the escalation of the early stages of homelessness to chronicity
 

  • Crisis response using a trauma-informed, person-centered approach  
  • Discerning appropriate types, levels and timing of supports 
  • Practical frameworks to develop the capacity to successfully secure, maintain or transition to independent living 

Suzanne Hopman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Dignity 

12:30 PM | Developing effective support services for victims of domestic and family violence to prevent homelessness 

  • Tailoring outreach services for those afraid to leave an abusive environment over fears of ending up homeless 
  • Collaborating across services and sectors to ensure victims of domestic and family violence receive the right support at the right time 
  • Working with women affected by trauma and transitioning them back to independent living 

Leanne Barron, Chief Executive Officer, Starick 

1:00 PM | Networking luncheon 

2:00 PM | Providing effective support for ex-offenders leaving prison to ensure a smooth transition back to society

  • Collaborating with ex-offenders pre-release to create individual exit plans 
  • Creating successful mentorship programs for post-release 
  • Providing pathways into education and employment to enable future life successes 

Mervyn Eades, Founder and Chief Executive OfficerNgalla Maya 

2:30 PM | Unlocking the door to the private sector to help end homelessness  

  • Engaging the Real Estate Industry to create pathways into private tenancies 
  • Training candidates through the Tenancy Skills Institute to create better rental outcomes 
  • Creating an opportunity for the Community Sector and Real Estate Industry to work together to achieve a common goal 

Paul Tommasini, Chief Executive Officer, InCommunity & Tenancy Skills Institute 

3:00 PM | How to best  support young people  at risk of or experiencing homelessness   

  • Providing young people with sustainable accommodation whilst gaining independence from welfare and social services through education  
  • Giving young people access to mentoring and opportunities to succeed in life  
  • Providing pathways into sustainable employment  

Gayle Mitchell, Practice Lead, UnitingCare West 

3:30 PM | Afternoon tea 

4:00 PM | Panel discussion
Tackling the challenges of public housing planning and access
 

  • How to increase access to affordable public housing 
  • Strengthening collaboration between the NFP and construction sector 
  • Developing culturally appropriate public housing solutions 

Mervyn Eades, Founder and Chief Executive OfficerNgalla Maya 

Paul Tomassini, Chief Executive Officer, InCommunity 

Bryan Lipmann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Wintringham 

4:50 Shifting focus from a crisis approach to prevention and early intervention 

  • Understanding the underlying reasons as to why someone ends up experiencing homelessness 
  • Developing prevention and early intervention models to stop elderly people from entering homelessness
  • How to identify and appropriately support people at risk of homelessness 

Bryan Lipmann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Wintringham 

5:20 PM | Closing remarks from the Chair and end of day one 

Conference Day Two - 28 April 2021

8:00 AM | Registration opens 

9:00 AM | Opening remarks from the Chair 
Gerry Georgatos, National Coordinator, National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project 

Improving services and service delivery 

9:10 AM | Future Directions for Homelessness in South Australia

  • Building an alliance approach with a focus on prevention and better outcomes
  • Working across sectors to implement homelessness reforms
  • Looking to the future: the upcoming challenges and opportunities to improve the homelessness service system

Ian Cox, Head of Office for Homelessness Sector Integration, SA Housing Authority

9:40 AM | Developing culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing homelessness

  • Consulting with Indigenous communities and Elders to better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Co-designing services together with the Indigenous community to improve service quality
  • Collaborating with the community to build trusting relationships

Megan Krakouer, Director, National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project

10:10 AM | How to transition people out of chronical homelessness 

  • Collaborating across sectors and services to provide education and training opportunities in order to create a strong foundation post homelessness 
  • Examining ways to support people experiencing chronical homelessness to live independently 
  • Addressing the needs of those experiencing complex needs that increase the chronicity of homelessness 

Suzanne Naden, Chief Executive Officer, Bungree Aboriginal Association 

10:40 AM | Morning tea

11:10 AM | International Case Study
Empowering people affected by homelessness through education and employment 

  • Collaborating with partner agencies to provide education and training for people experiencing homelessness 
  • Providing accessible pathways to sustainable employment for people experiencing homelessness  
  • Encouraging vulnerable people to increase their capacity and create positive change in their lives 

Austin Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, My Streets Homeless Walking Tours *virtual presentation

11:40 AM | Panel Discussion
Supporting people experiencing homelessness through t he journey  of  transitional housing 

  • How to best prepare people who’ve experienced homelessness for transitional housing  
  • Ensuring tenants receive a sense of stability during transitions  
  • Providing ex-homeless people with targeted intensive wrap-around support to ensure they stay out of homelessness 

Suzanne Naden, Chief Executive Officer, Bungree Aboriginal Association 

Craig Stewart, State Director WA, Red Cross Australia 

Jim Morrison, Managing Director, Western Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation

12:30 PM | Providing assertive outreach services for those in need 

  • Understanding the need for outreach services for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness 
  • Identifying and assessing people in need of support 
  • Providing information and connecting people to local support services 

Trevor Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Corporation for Homeless and Rehabilitation Community Services 

1:00 PM | Networking luncheon

2:00 PM | Creating trauma-informed service models 

  • Understanding the impacts of trauma and how it can impact an individual and lead to homelessness  
  • How to assess and respond to a person’s needs using a trauma-informed approach 
  • Developing practical frameworks to work with people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness 

Craig Stewart, State Director WA, Red Cross Australia 

1:00 PM | Networking luncheon 

2:30 Intergenerational trauma and its effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

  • Examining the history of intergenerational trauma 
  • Discussing the relationship between homelessness and intergenerational trauma 
  • How to identify when an individual carries trauma in order to assist them in the housing process 

Jim Morrison, Managing Director, Western Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation 

3:00 PM | Co-designing homelessness services with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community 

  • Co-design as a means to better understand the needs of Indigenous Australians 
  • Collaborating with individuals with lived experience of homelessness to improve service delivery 
  • Engaging widely with multiple stakeholders for a balanced range of perspectives 

Connie Georgatos, Support Admin, National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project 

3:30 PM | Afternoon tea

4:00 PM | Addressing substance abuse as a critical part of rehabilitating vulnerable people during and post-homelessness 

  • Understanding the role of substance use disorders beforeduring and post-homelessness 
  • Working with individuals who are overcoming addiction 
  • Transitioning people with substance use disorders to independent living 

Allan Sumner, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Sobriety Group 

4:30 PM | Case Study  
Supporting people with mental health issues as a pathway out of homelessness 

  • Discussing the connection between mental health conditions and homelessness 
  • Collaborating across sectors to ensure that those at risk of homelessness receive adequate support 
  • How service providers and governments can partner with mental health service providers as a preventative approach  

Adrian Munro, Chief Executive Officer, Richmond Wellbeing 

5:00 PM | Case Study 
An example of lived experience and its implications for service providers

  • A lived experience of homelessness and what can be learned from it 
  • The supports that are critical in transitioning someone out of homelessness 
  • Examining what works and what could have been done better 

Johnson Riley, Aboriginal Visitors Scheme, Department of Justice WA 

5:30 PM | Closing remarks from the Chair and Close of day two 

Post-Conference Workshops

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Workshop A   

Developing cross-sector partnerships to drive service integration 

Homelessness has always been a challenge that requires a cross- sector approach to address – with the upcoming predicted increase in homelessness across Australia, there has never been a better time for organisations to understand how to best collaborate to improve service delivery.  

This interactive workshop will give attendees a hands on look at what successful, cross-sector collaboration looks like and an opportunity to strategise with industry peers about how integrated service delivery can help tackle homelessness across Australia.  

Attendees to this workshop will: 

  • Discuss successful collaborations that already exist 
  • Examine what service gaps there are to identify the need for collaborations 
  • Developing ways to better collaborate and work together 
  • Improving collaborations within the sector 
  • Understanding how to better relationships with the government 

Facilitator 
Gayle Mitchell, Practice Lead, UnitingCare West 

1:00 – 4:00 PM | Workshop B  

Developing support for vulnerable people with complex needs  

People with complex needs frequently require the support of multiple services, however there is often a lack of coordination, clear strategy and a unified approach in addressing their needs. 

Understanding the multiple and complex needs of vulnerable people and being equipped with the skills to address challenging behaviour, mental health concerns, substance abuse and complex trauma will be essential to ensure that people with complex needs receive person-centered care. 

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity learn how to: 

  • Understand the key principles of best practice care for complex needs 
  • Identify and address different types of challenging behaviour 
  • Work effectively in cases of complex trauma 
  • Improve service delivery through an improved understanding on the impact of complex needs on homelessness 

Facilitator 

Suzanne Naden, Chief Executive Officer, Bungree Aboriginal Association 

Who should attend:

Executive Management:

  • Chief Executive Officers 
  • Directors 
  • Board Members
  • Project/ Program
    Managers

Heads/ Directors/ Managers of: 

  • Housing Services
  • Homelessness Services
  • Shelters and Hostels
  • Domestic Violence Support Services
  • Youth 
  • Poverty
  • Drug and Alcohol 
  • Aboriginal Medical Services
  • Aboriginal Community Services  

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Team discount 

Register 3-4 delegates and receive an additional 15% DISCOUNT off the standard price
Register 5-7 delegates and receive an additional 20% DISCOUNT off the standard price

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Location

Venue details:

 

Novotel Perth Langley

221 Adelaide Terrace

Perth WA 6000

Australia

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