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Why attend NYHC 2021?
For over a decade, the homelessness sector has called for a national strategy to end child and youth homelessness. Yet it remains a persistent issue, and has undoubtedly been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, NYHC2021 will aim to mobilise a collective commitment to developing a joint NGO-Government national strategy to end child and youth homelessness. This is a unique and new approach in Australia.
How do we end youth homelessness in Australia once and for all?
Listen and learn from a range of perspectives on what actually works to reduce youth homelessness.
Pooling our resources, it is time to develop a National Strategy to end youth homelessness.
Lobby government to commit to a National Strategy to end youth homelessness.
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Australia urgently needs a National Strategy to end youth homelessness once and for all.
Speakers and PresentersNYHC 2021 Speakers will include leading international and Australian experts in the field, front line service providers, educators, employers, young people sharing lived experience, and more.
Dr. Stephen Gaetz
Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Dr. Stephen Gaetz has had a long-standing interest in understanding homelessness – its causes, how it is experienced, and potential solutions. His program of research has been defined by his desire to ‘make research matter’ through conducting rigorous scholarly research that contributes to our knowledge base on homelessness and is mobilized so that it has an impact on policy, practice and public opinion. As an internationally recognized leader and innovator in the area of knowledge mobilization, Dr. Gaetz has pioneered efforts to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and people with lived experience of homelessness to participate in a broad agenda of community engaged scholarship and knowledge creation designed to contribute to solutions to homelessness. As Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, one of his key projects is the Homeless Hub, an innovative web-based research library internationally recognized as a leading example of innovation in knowledge mobilization. In 2016 Dr. Gaetz was awarded a Research Impact (Connection) award by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and in 2017 he received the honor of Member of the Order of Canada.
Co-Founder & President of A Way Home Canada
Melanie Redman is the co-founder, President & CEO of A Way Home Canada, a national coalition reimagining solutions to youth homelessness through transformations in policy, planning and practice. A Way Home Canada has inspired communities and countries around the world to adopt the A Way Home brand as a way to participate in a growing international movement for change. Melanie also leads the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness in Canada, which is a pan-Canadian community of practice for youth homelessness service providers. Melanie is also the co-founder and Partnership and Implementation Director for the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab, and international “Network of Centres of Excellence.”
Tobias is a young person who is dedicated to and passionate about making a difference for children and young people, especially those with an out-of-home care experience. He has lived experience as a homeless young person and likes to spend his spare time knitting and playing with his pet bunny, Valerie.
DR. Catherine Robinson
Social Researcher, Social Action and Research Centre (SARC)
Dr. Catherine Robinson is sociologist with a broad interest in the relationship between vulnerability, justice and place. She has a long-held commitment to qualitative research and advocacy in the areas of homelessness, complex trauma and social care. Her current work focuses on understanding the experiences and support system needs of Tasmanian children and young people who experience high vulnerability, including unaccompanied homelessness.
Her key publications on homelessness include Beside One’s Self: Homelessness Felt and Lived (Syracuse University Press) and (with Chris Chamberlain and Guy Johnson) Homelessness in Australia (NewSouth Publishing). Catherine is also known for her work with Blackfella Films as Series Consultant and Co-Host of the SBS documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless. Most recently she has been appointed to the Board of Directors, Homelessness Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, UTAS.
Prof. Brian Burdekin AO
Former Federal Human Rights Commissioner
Professor Brian Burdekin, AO has left a lasting legacy to two of Australia’s most disadvantaged groups – homeless children and people with mental illness. During his term as Federal Human Rights Commissioner, he presented two landmark reports: a National Inquiry into Youth Homelessness in 1989 and Human Rights and Mental Illness in 1983.
Our Homeless Children, the 1989 report on youth homelessness, shocked the Australian public by revealing the number of young people who were homeless and the appalling lifestyle they lived. The Burdekin Association has restructured to reflect many of the recommendations of the report and Brian Burdekin has offered his full support. Unfortunately, though, many young people are still homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Co-Founder, Youth Homelessness Advisory Council WA
Dr. Justin Barker
Executive Director, Youth Coalition ACT
Dr. Justin Barker is the Executive Director of the Youth Coalition of the ACT. Justin is an anthropologist and youth studies academic with an extensive background in conducting research with marginalised population groups and community service providers in the areas of youth work, domestic & family violence, youth & family homelessness, child protection, alcohol and other drugs and service use by vulnerable population groups. Justin has extensive experience in program evaluation and working with community services to build their capacity for ongoing service improvement. Prior to his career as a researcher Justin was a youth worker in working with homeless young people. This experience led onto his PhD that examined the lives of homeless young people in Canberra, providing ethnographic insights into the conditions of youth homelessness.
Samantha Wilson is a 21-year-old University student that studies Commerce and International Studies at Deakin University. Her aim is to make people’s lives easier than her own when it comes to youth homelessness.
Samantha has appeared in video interviews with Barwon Child Youth and Family in Geelong, and has published articles about her experience with homelessness and poverty. Samantha is passionate about sharing what is and is not working in youth homelessness service provision and policy, and how it can be improved for young people like herself. She was also a representative of Horizon House, a homeless youth service run by St John of God.
Samantha will be discussing her lived experience of homelessness, what early intervention looks like and how she got to where she is now.
CEO, Anglicare Victoria
CEO, Brisbane Youth Service
Annemaree Callander is the CEO of Brisbane Youth Service and has over 30 years’ experience in human service delivery in both the government and community sector. She has held a variety of policy, direct service and leadership roles focused on young people, housing and homelessness, and child protection. Annemaree is a strong advocate for young people and passionate about evidence informed policy and practice.
Jahin Tanvir is a 20-year-old policy adviser, speaker, author, and youth advocate. Jahin possesses a strong background in youth leadership and advocacy in leading youth-led organisations such as Oaktree, World Vision, Red Cross, and the United Nations to name a few.
In 2021, Jahin received the 2021 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year in Individual Community Service as well as recognition in the 7NEWs Young Achiever awards for NSW/ACT. He has had guest speaker roles in Parliament House, National Roundtable on COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth, ABC National Radio, and various panel discussions revolving around issues young people face. Jahin is also a young media spokesperson as part of the Centre for Australian Progress, providing expert media comment on young people’s experiences in Australian communities.
Dr. Tammy Hand
Senior Research and Development Manager, Upstream Australia
Dr. Tammy Hand is the Senior Research and Development Manager at Upstream Australia. Upstream Australia, as a change agency and collective impact backbone organisation, works for place-based system reforms to achieve better social, educational, and vocational outcomes for young people, and supports the development and operations of the ‘Community of Schools and Services’ (COSS) collectives implementing the COSS Model and initiative communities who are working towards COSS implementation.
As a social researcher she is embedded in a program of research and development focused on social, educational, and vocational outcomes for young people, specifically at the nexus of in/equality, structural and non-structural barriers, social and system change and reform.
She is also an adjunct at the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Employment and Transitions.
Pam Barker has extensive experience across the not-for-profit sector. Pam’s experience at ACON New South Wales’s largest LGBTIQ Health Service as the National Program Manager of the Health & Wellbeing Program and as a Senior Manager at the Black Dog Institute.
Before this, Pam managed Open Doors Youth Service, QLD’s largest LGBTIQ youth service supporting young people between the aged 12–24 years. Open Doors Youth Service is a Reconnect funded organisation providing homelessness prevention and psychosocial support to young people. Pam advocated for change in policy reform at both state and federal government levels partnering with stakeholders to affect change across QLD for LGBTIQ Youth.
Principal Ambassador, YDA
Elvis Martin is one of the passionate young leaders of Victoria advocating for social justice. He is currently the Ambassador of Youth Development Australia and RUOK? Day. His main focus is to support young people who are experiencing hardships in life. His areas of advocacy work include mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, suicide prevention and the LGBTIQ+ community. He uses his platform to promote inclusion, diversity and equality for all.
CEO, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CECFW)
Deb Tsobaris has worked in health and community services for 32 years, holding executive positions in organisations working across youth services; disability, drug and alcohol support services; and employment programs. Deb was CEO of the Victorian Council to Homeless Persons from 2003 to 2009. Prior to joining the Centre, Deb was Director of Human Services Design at the Department of Human Services – responsible for leading the design and development of integrated human services to improve outcomes for clients.
Deb provides policy leadership to state and federal governments and is a strong contributor to the child and family services sector. She was the spokesperson for the Australians for Ending Homelessness campaign and she is currently serving on the boards of Kids Under Cover and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia.
ASSOCiate PROF. DAVID MACKENZIE
Associate Professor, University of South Australia
David Mackenzie is an Associate Professor at the University of South Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Swinburne University.
David has a strong record of research and development on youth issues and youth policy and is internationally recognised for his work on homelessness and youth. He is the author and co-author of a number of significant reports on Youth Homelessness.
David was the original founder of Youth Development Australia and he is the current Chair of the YDA Board. Over the past 10 years, David has served on a number of government advisory committees and taskforces – the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness, the National SAAP Data and Research Advisory Committee, the National SAAP Information Services Committee, the JPET Needs Committee and the Victorian Integrated Data Project Committee.
David was one of the NYC Commissioners in 2007/08. David is one of Australia’s leading researchers on homelessness and disadvantage.
CEO, Foyer Foundation
Dr. Brad Russell
Director, School Agency & Digital Leadership (NSW Department of Education)
Dr. Brad Russell is currently the NSW Department of Education Director, School Agency and Digital Leadership. Brad has extensive experience in designing, implementing and leading professional learning for educational leaders and teachers. His areas of expertise and research include reading, effective pedagogy and standards based practice. He is regarded as a leader in collective responsibility and the delivery of collective impact designed projects that build inclusive communities.
The cohesion and alignment of systems, policies, procedures and practices based on research are the drivers for Brad’s work. He is regarded as an innovator, leader and collaborator by his colleagues and peers. Brad’s interests are collective responsibility for social cohesion and building social capital, gardening and Greyhound Adoption Program. He has been awarded the NSW ACEL Fellowships and he is a previous recipient of the NSW Premier’s Award for Education.