NYHC2021 Program

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Day 1 - 15 June 2021

9:30 am
Plenary

Welcome to Country

Wurundjeri Elder

Welcome to Conference

Prof. Brian Burdekin AO, Former Federal Human Rights Commissioner

Hon. Michael Sukaar MP, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness, Social and Community Housing

 

10:00am
Plenary

Creating a New Way Forward

A series of short keynote presentations from:

Associate Professor David MacKenzie, University of South Australia

Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

Melanie Redman, A Way Home Canada

 

11:00am
Breakout Sessions
Early Intervention – It's a Must

Session Overview:

The COSS model is a ground-breaking place-based model of early intervention implementing a series of innovations such as population screening, a flexible practice framework and longitudinal outcomes measure that have succeeded in reducing adolescent homelessness in the Geelong region by 40% - now being developed via three funded pilot sites and another dozen or so COSS Initiative Groups.
How could the COSS Model be developed into a changed support system for young people?

 

Presenters:

Dr. Tammy Hand, Upstream Australia (MC)

Samantha Wilson, Student and Youth Advocate

Di Glover, YES Youth and Family Services

Associate Prof. David MacKenzie, University of South Australia

One Size Does Not Fit All – Place-based System Reform

Session Overview:

If our service system is crisis oriented and siloed, what reforms would transform the supports needed by young people into a more effective and efficient system.?

This workshop is designed to explore what place-based collective impact system reform might look like and how would it work.

 

Presenters:

Annie Ryan, Upstream Australia (MC)

Joe Parsons, Department of Communities & Justice NSW

Dr. Brad Russel, School Agency and Digital Leadership, NSW Department of Education

Lauryn Borthwick – Senior Early Intervention Response Worker BCYF

More coming soon

Youth Homelessness In Rural & Regional Communities

Session Overview:

Youth homelessness is not only prevalent in our major cities it also presents a challenge for regional and rural communities.
Young people (aged 16-25 years) in rural areas experience homelessness very differently to their urban peers, due to limited employment and education options and inadequate formal support networks.

 

Presenters:

Michael 'Mo' O'Meara, Mohow (MC)

Vicki-Tree Stephens, Youth Involvement Council WA

Genevieve Sinclair, Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI)

Ian Clark, Albany Youth Support Association WA

More coming soon

12:30pm
lunch and networking opportunity
 
1:30pm
Keynote

Housing First for Young People

Joint Keynote:

Melanie Redman, A Way Home Canada

Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

2:30pm
Afternoon Tea
 
3:00pm
Breakout Sessions
Social Housing for Young People

Session Overview:

Young people 12-24 years on their own are 16% of homeless clients but access only some 3% of social housing. There is a case for rethinking social housing as a transitional housing option for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people using a Housing First for Youth model of support. 

How could this reform be done?


Presenters:
 

Danni Forster, Youth Homelessness Advisory Council WA

Rebecca Mullins, MyFoundation Youth Housing

Sophie Howard, Youth Advocate

Kate Colvin, Council to Homeless Persons

Jo Swift, Kids Under Cover

THE FOYER SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION MODEL

Session Overview:

As a form of supported accommodation linked strongly to education, training and employment pathways, Foyers in Australia have been developed as part of the homelessness response. However, Foyers have remained an expensive special project option with weak links to SHS exits. 

What reforms and calibrations should be considered for the Foyer model of supported accommodation?


Presenters:

Keith Waters, Youth Development Australia (MC)

Katie Hooper, Foyer Foundation

Louise (Lou) Limoges, Children Youth and Families Directorate, Uniting NSW

Dr. Tammy Hand, Upstream Australia

More coming soon

Housing First For Young People – Time For An Exchange

Session Overview:

Young people have developmental needs that must be factored into the supports that they require as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Access to housing and supported accommodation must factor in appropriate and sufficient supports – Housing First for Youth. 

How might this be done in the Australian context?


Presenters:

Melanie Redman, A Way Home Canada

Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

Leah Watkins, RUAH WA

4:00pm
Youth Debrief

Reflecting on the Day

This session is reserved for young people to meet, debrief and discuss the events of the day in a private and safe space, and will be facilitated by our young conference MC.

Day 2 - 16 JUne 2021

10:00 am
Keynote Panel

The Alliance we need to bring about change

Paul McDonald, Home Stretch Campaign

Melani Redman, A Way Home Canada

Kate Colvin, Council to Homeless Persons

Professor Eóin Killackey, Orygen Youth Mental Health

Néha Madhok, Democracy In Colour

 

11:00am
Breakout Sessions
YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE – DOING THE RIGHT THING

Session Overview:

This is a highly vulnerable cohort of young people. Evidence suggests that at least 30 percent leaving care at 18-years of age experience homelessness in their first year of attempted independent living. Family supports are not available for most of these young people. The Home Stretch campaign seeks an commitment from all State and Territory governments to extend state care to age of 21 years.  

What exactly needs to be done to provide highly effective support and what will be the cost of developing this response for the entire cohort of care leavers?


Presenters:

Ella Robers, CREATE Foundation (MC)

Deb Tsorbaris, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Tobias, CREATE Foundation

Paul McDonald, Home Stretch Campaign

More coming soon

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS AND DUAL DIAGNOSIS – Between the cracks

Session Overview:

Evidence tells us that mental health issues are a key risk factor for youth homelessness. Headspace estimates that 48-82% of homeless young people have a diagnosable mental illness.

The mental health of homeless young people is exacerbated by substance abuse and often we fail these young people through the inability of different service systems to act as an ecosystem around a young person.

Presenters:

Elvis Martin, Youth Development Australia and RUOK Day

Dr. Amanda Stafford, Emergency Medicine specialist from Royal Perth Hospital (RPH)

Cameron Boyle, Orygen Youth Mental Health

Melissa Barber, Youth Advocate

Jason Trethowan, Headspace

WHAT DOES A LIVEABLE INCOME SUPPORT MODEL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LOOK LIKE?

Session Overview:

Income support for young people is widely acknowledged to be inadequate on several grounds – the level of benefit, its complexity and the fact that even when young people access the CRA, two-thirds are still in housing affordability stress

What does a Youth Income Support model look like?


Presenters:

More coming soon

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT FOR AT RISK AND HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE

Session Overview:

Arguably all young people including the most vulnerable young people need support to succeed along pathways of education, post-school training and employment. 

What models of support do young people who experience homelessness need in order to achieve sustainable livelihoods? 

What reforms need to be considered in the Australian training and employment support systems?


Presenters:

Ellen Jacobsen, Social Impact Manager HoMie

Wendy Caspar, Youth Projects

Maj. David Eldridge, Salvation Army

More coming soon

12:30pm
lunch and networking opportunity
 
1:30pm
Breakout Sessions
INDIGENOUS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS – A CONTINUal NATIONAL DISGRACE

Session Overview:

Indigenous Australians including young people are over-represented in the clients of the homelessness services system. 

How might this be addressed to reduce the flow of indigenous young people experiencing homelessness and to improve the appropriateness and effectiveness of the response?


Presenters:

Loki Liddle, Poet

Michelle Lechleitner, Alice Springs Youth Accommodation and Support Service

Maria Mabo, Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI)

More coming soon

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

Session Overview:

A major driver of young people becoming homeless is domestic and family violence associated with other issues that creates an untenable situation, requiring early intervention relief if that is possible, or an effective crisis response with pathways to supportive housing where early intervention is not possible. This workshop will explore how the national initiatives around addressing domestic violence may contribute directly and indirectly to a national strategic response to youth homelessness.


Presenters:

Kelly-ann Tansley, DV Connect Qld

Di Mahoney, Service Delivery Director BYS

Jenny Plant,  St.Kilda Crisis Services

Dr. Lisa Harrris, RMIT and Co-convenor of Gendered Violence and Abuse Research

More coming soon

HOMELESSNESS CRISIS RESPONSE MODELS

Session Overview:

Australia has one of the most developed homelessness services systems in the world (the Specialist Homelessness Services or SHS system), however, the SHS remains largely a crisis accommodation and support system. 

Investing in more crisis services cannot conceivably reduce homelessness but what innovation might render the crisis response more effective and efficient?


Presenters:

Pam Barker, YFoundations

Ryan Clark, Youth Advocate

Michael Coffey, Catholic Care ACT/NSW

Donna Bennet, Hope Street Family and Youth Services

Sherri Bruinhout, Homelessness and Accommodation Support, Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)

ENSURING NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND – COHORT SPECIFIC RESPONSES

Session Overview:

There are some specific cohorts of young people that may require a targeted response. 

What are the issues that need to be considered when deciding on the appropriateness of a special needs response as opposed to a generic support response? 

What evidence-based models are available?


Presenters:

Jahin Tanvir, Youth Advocate (MC)

Queenie, Youth Advocate

Kai Schweizer, Youth Pride Network WA

More coming soon

THE CHALLENGE OF RESPONDING TO Under 16 YEAR OLDS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

Session Overview:

A long-standing issue has been the capacity of the status-quo of systems to respond to U-16 years-olds who experience homelessness due to family breakdown. Homeless services are not funded nor authorised to support children in this age group as clients in their own right, nor is a response from Care and Protection services, which are authorised to respond, typically something that can be depended upon.


Presenters:

Dr. Catherine Robinson, Social Action Research Centre (SARC)

Dr. Justin Barker, Youth Coalition ACT

Annemaree Callander, Brisbane Youth Service

More coming soon

2:30pm
Plenary

Next Steps – Developing a National Strategy To End Youth Homelessness

Associate Prof. David MacKenzie, University of South Australia

 

3:00pm
Youth Debrief

Reflecting on the Day

This session is reserved for young people to meet, debrief and discuss the events of the day in a private and safe space, and will be facilitated by our young conference MC.