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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.
END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS NOW!
Australia urgently needs a National Strategy to end youth homelessness once and for all. We must learn from the past, plan for the future, and act to end youth homelessness today.
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Speakers and PresentersNYHC 2021 will have a full line up of Australian and International presenters to join with conference attendees in creating a national strategy to end youth homelessness in Australia.
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.”
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.
DR. Catherine Robinson
Social Researcher, Social Action and Research Centre (SARC)
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.
NYHC 2021 Program
SESSION PITCHES NOW OPEN
Pitches are now open for presentations and sessions on important research, ideas, projects and lived experience that can help shape a National Strategy on youth homelessness and housing in Australia.
Have your input in the NYHC2021 program today!
Session Pitches for the NYHC2021 program are open until 5pm Monday 15 March, 2021.