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Biennial Homelessness Summit

The National Homelessness Summit is the premiere gathering for government agencies, NFP’s and service providers, to discuss homelessness issues in Australia.

24 – 25 July 2017 | Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

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According to Homelessness Australia, on any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless. However, shocking this statistic, many believe that this rate is an underestimate given the changes in social support and health services, housing affordability, youth unemployment and family violence.

A new national study released in April 2016 by Swinburne University, Charles Stuart University and the University of Western Australia found that youth homelessness, alone, is costing the health and justice systems more than $600 million a year. More importantly, the study also found that the cost to the community outweighed what was spent each year on support services.

The biennial Homelessness Summit, through a series of policy updates, case studies, and examples of innovative projects from across Australia and internationally, will seek to bring together leaders in government, health, social enterprise, housing, community and welfare to discuss a collective approach to service delivery and reducing homelessness.

The Conference will be a great opportunity to interact with like-minded people.

Topics to be examined include:

  • Early intervention programs and breaking the cycle
  • The challenges of making short term projects into long term programs
  • Generational homelessness – insights, recommendations, prevention
  • The role and importance of employment services
  • Affordable housing and its importance in alleviating homelessness
  • Engaging with the private rental market
  • The relationship between domestic violence and homelessness
  • Youth homelessness and early intervention strategies
  • Older people at risk of homelessness
  • Integration of housing with aged care services for the elderly homeless
  • Integration of homeless and health services to provide a better flow
  • Homelessness in regional, rural and remote Australia
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and drives for homelessness
  • Making the most of media and the use of social media to build community and raise awareness, profile and funding
  • The connection between homelessness and mental health
  • Health and Wellbeing of social and community workers



8:30 am

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 am

Administration and safety briefing

9:05 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:30 am

  • Tackling the increasing number of homeless
  • Strategies for overcoming roadblocks to affordable housing
  • Build capacity and sufficient support
  • What is working and what isn’t?

10:10 am

Morning Tea


10:40 am

  • Why a female specific service it so important
  • Difficulties facing women and their children in accessing good quality, safe, secure affordable housing
  • Long term strategies and challenges in accessing and provision of services

11:20 am

  • An overview of the Housing First Community Action Plan to End Homelessness in Brisbane
  • Reflections on key components
  • A Know by Name List of who is homelessness in the community
  • Coordinated Entry – a reflection on practice issues, barriers, challenges, opportunities
  • Working across population groups and systems
  • The importance of integrating access healthcare, housing and community services
  • Coordination of responses to domestic violence, housing and services
  • Supply of housing and the need for supportive housing that recognises the ongoing need for support for the most vulnerable.
  • Role of government as enabler and community services as leading for change through measuring our effort and outcomes and economic benefits

12:00 pm

  • The problem of older people at risk of homelessness is rapidly growing in Australia with many older people facing retirement without housing security.
  • This presentation will demonstrate HAAG’s Home at Last service that has housed over 500 older people in its first three years to be able to successfully age-in-place.

12:40 pm


1:40 pm

Youth homelessness is a significant social problem. Little is known about the modifiable factors that predict homelessness and related health and social problems. My research focuses on the modifiable factors influencing the development of homelessness and related problems in the following areas:

  • Influence of early and mid-adolescent factors (individual, family, school, community) on the development of homelessness;
  • Influence of homelessness on health and social problems; and
  • Role of help-seeking and risk behaviours (e.g. substance use) in the development of homelessness and related health and social problems.

2:20 pm

Kurlana Tampawardli is the Kaurna name “The New House on the Plains”. The service is a culturally specific homelessness service for
Aboriginal people from rural and remote communities.

  • Infrastructure, service model, intensive support
  • Specialised roles, case management, outreach, portfolios
  • Independent living skills program
  • Cultural competence, cultural safety, consultation, evaluation
  • RTC program

3:00 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:30 pm

  • Why Trauma is important to recognise
  • Examples of how AnglicareWA is implementing Trauma informed practice in the Albany Women’s centre and why Y-shac is moving towards this practice too
  • Where Anglicare WA will take this in to the future

4:10 pm

INTERNATIONAL SKYPE ADDRESS - The Findings of the UK Homelessness Monitors Project

Dr Beth Watts, Research Fellow, Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

End of day 1 and networking function

8:30 am

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 am

Administration and safety briefing

9:05 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jonathan Shapiera, South West Australian Homeless People

9:10 am

  • There is very little evidence available in Australia or internationally about Housing First initiatives implemented in rural and regional locations. This evaluation aimed to clarify the process of implementing Housing First in a rural Victoria area, specifically documenting what worked, in what contexts, and why. The evaluation was conducted over a 15 month period.
  • This presentation will discuss the successes and challenges in relation to implementing Housing First in a rural location.
  • Homelessness in a rural context has unique characteristics: important considerations when working in rural and regional locations in relation to homelessness will be presented and described.


9:50 am

Alfred Health provides a specialist homeless mental health service,
which provides intensive support for people who are experiencing a
severe mental illness. This model of care reflects and demonstrates
the current research into this client group. Creating pathways out of
homelessness is key for people experiencing a mental illness and is
essential in their recovery. A clinical example of this model in action
demonstrates its efficacy and the ways in which this can change lives.

10:30 am

Morning Tea

11:00 am

There are more than 413,000 Australians living with dementia and 244 people are diagnosed each day. This year, 2017, dementia is estimated to cost Australia $14. 67 Billion.  The health and social factors associated with living with homelessness increase a person’s risk for developing a dementia requiring a more integrated service approach to supporting good brain health.

Points to be discussed:

  • Cognitive impairment, brain health and risk factors for developing a dementia in the context of homelessness – the beginning of the project
  • How the project was structured
  • Service delivery and response – what the project found
  • A transfer of knowledge between the homelessness and dementia services.
  • Project outcomes and recommendations


11:40 am

  • Why affordable housing is key to alleviate rising homelessness
  • Creative financial solutions for NFPs to deliver social and affordable housing
  • Thinking outside the box for community housing solutions
  • Building pathways to home ownership through shared equity models
  • Enabling change – What needs to happen to ensure a future of affordable housing?

12:20 pm


1:20 pm

  • The relevance and importance of Recovery principles to homelessness service delivery
  • Local experience of integrating Recovery principles into homelessness service delivery practice standards
  • Measuring impact and success
  • Reimagining the homelessness service system to deliver personal Recovery


2:00 pm

  • Partnership of inner city hospital, homeless GP service and homeless community services.
  • Practical aspects and benefits of integrated care program for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Using after-hours and collaborative approaches to fill gaps in the service system.

2:40 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:10 pm

  • Brief outline of the Multidisciplinary Street to Home Model in Cairns which now includes a Clinical Nurse – Alcohol and Other Drug, Registered Nurse – General Health and a Mental Health Practitioner
  • Outcomes and results from the one-year pilot Aug 2016 – Jun 2017
  • Presentation of 2 Case Studies

3:50 pm

  • Strategies and future priorities to make a real difference
  • Integration of policy, strategies and service delivery
  • Pathways to improve homeless services
  • Key takeaways from the conference

This time gives attendees an opportunity to have a focused discussion looking at strategies to combat homelessness in Australia. Led by the conference chair this time can be used to engage with peers and discuss ideas that could make a real difference. The conference chair will ask that those willing share their thoughts and ideas.

4:20 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:30 pm

End of day 2 and end of conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $1595+GSTEarly Bird

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  • Standard pricing: $1,595 + GST
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Shane Hamilton

Chief Executive & Executive Director, Aboriginal Housing Office, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Government

Jeanette Large

Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Property Initiatives

Karyn Walsh

CEO, Micah Projects Inc

Jeff Fiedler

National Development, Housing for the Aged Action Group Inc.


Dr Jess Heerde

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne; Honorary Research Fellow, Population Health Studies of Adolescents, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Tangi Ngateina

Coordinator, Aboriginal Community Connect - Homelessness Service, Uniting Communities

Michael Coughlan

Project Support Worker, Uniting Communities

Sarah Brown

Housing Practice Leader, AnglicareWA


Dr Beth Watts

Research Fellow, Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK


Jonathan Shapiera

South West Australian Homeless People

Dr Alana Hulme Chambers

Research Fellow, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health, The University of Melbourne

Emily Lyons

Alfred Psychiatry

Clare Beard

Dementia Link Worker, Alzheimer’s Australia SA

Andrew Cairns

Chief Executive Officer, Community Sector Banking

Dr Jane Daniels

Deputy CEO, VincentCare Victoria

Amanda Stafford

Clinical Lead, Royal Perth Hospital Homeless Team

Leah Watkins

Project Manager, 50 Lives 50 Homes

Dr Phil Flint

Regional Leader, Mission Australia

Mark Jentz

Program Manager, Going Places Street to Home Program

Leslie Dunbar

Clinical Nurse, Going Places Street to Home Program

when & where

24 - 25 Jul 2017

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9250 1888

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02 9080 4058

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
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