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 Sturt 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
Chief Executive & Executive Director, Aboriginal Housing Office, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Government
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Property Initiatives
CEO, Micah Projects Inc
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
Coordinator, Aboriginal Community Connect - Homelessness Service, Uniting Communities
Dr Alana Hulme Chambers
Research Fellow, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health, The University of Melbourne
Dementia Link Worker, Alzheimer’s Australia SA
Chief Executive Officer, Community Sector Banking
Dr Jane Daniels
Deputy CEO, VincentCare Victoria
Clinical Lead, Royal Perth Hospital Homeless Team
Project Manager, 50 Lives 50 Homes
Dr Phil Flint
Regional Leader, Mission Australia
Program Manager, Going Places Street to Home Program
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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