NYHC2021 Program

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Day 1 - 15 June 2021

9:30 am

Welcome to Country

Aunty Georgina Nicholson

Welcome to Conference

Adongwot 'AD' Manyoul, Conference MC

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



Creating a New Way Forward

A series of short keynote presentations from:

Associate Professor David MacKenzie, Upstream Australia Project

Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

Melanie Redman, A Way Home Canada


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?



Dr. Tammy Hand, Upstream Australia, (MC)

Samantha Wilson, Student and Youth Advocate

Di Glover, YES Unlimited

Associate Professor David MacKenzie, Upstream Australia Project

Peter Jacobson, Yourtown

COVID: the crisis and the opportunity

Session Overview:

The problem of ‘youth homelessness’ remains a persistent and troubling issue, exacerbated by the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis. During 2020, the weaknesses of our systems, programs and policies for young people were exposed. There is much to be learned from what happened last year and much to be done. So how do we ensure one of our most vulnerable cohort of people, those experiencing homelessness, are able to access support while the pandemic rages? How will a COVID vaccine rollout work in the youth homeless population? And what are the opportunities for innovation and reform that the COVID pandemic presents?


Dr. Catherine Robinson, Social Research Action Centre, Anglicare Tasmania, (MC)

Professor Stuart Kinner, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne

Dr. Jess Heerde, Royal Children’s Hospital

Annemaree Callander, Brisbane Youth Service

Donna Bennet, Hope Street

Jasmine Yee, St Vincents Homeless Health Team

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.



Annie Ryan, Upstream Australia, (MC)

Joe Parsons, Department of Communities & Justice NSW

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