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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


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Karyn Walsh

CEO, Micah Projects Inc

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

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

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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Risha Premarajah
Conference Producer
02 9080 4020

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
02 9080 4432

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