Abstracts: Parallel Sessions

Parallel Sessions: Wednesday 13 September 2017

Wednesday 13 September 2017
10:20 am - 12:00 pm
1.A: Swimming against the tide: managing impossible demand
Demand for homeless services far exceed the sector’s capacity to respond, and continues to increase as broader inequality deepens. This session explores the innovations in demand management and ‘triaging’ homelessness in specialist homelessness services and debates how best to balance competing needs. 
 
Panelists: Heather Holst, Deputy CEO, Director of Services & Housing; other panellists to be confirmed
1.B: GLBTIQ homelessness – understanding the gaps, delivering great responses
This workshop will showcase recent research about current needs and major gaps in service provision for LGBTIQ people who are experiencing homelessness looking at what needs to be achieved, and what are the major challenges at organisational and sectoral levels. You will then be asked to join the conversation to inform LGBTIQ national guidelines for homelessness services. This is policy in action – come ready to be part of the process.
 
Speakers: TBC
1.C: Resolving tenancy issues: learning about great practice from the specialist advocates
Homelessness is often the consequence of tenancy breakdown, which makes resolving tenancy crisis a critical skill in the homeless workers toolkit. In this practical workshop you’ll learn top tips from the experts, including how to use unexpected avenues to solve tenancies at risk.
 
Speakers: Angela Kyriakopoulos, Homeless Advocacy Service (CHP); other speakers TBC
1.D: Exploring the contemporary causes of family breakdown that contribute to youth homelessness
Breakdown of family relationships is the most frequently identified reason that young people seek help with homelessness and feel unable to return home. We can better prevent youth homelessness or intervene early to respond if we better understand the nature and causes of this critical driver. In this workshop, Melbourne City Mission and the Australian Catholic University will share findings from new research undertaken with young people and their families that explores the dynamics of family breakdown. 
 
Speakers: Dr Justin Barker, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University and Paul Turton, Melbourne City Mission
1.E: Melbourne City Mission: Music therapy
Session details to be confirmed shortly.

 

Parallel Sessions: Thursday 14 September 2017

Parallel Sessions: Thursday 14 September 2017 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2.A: Ending rough sleeping: evidence and practice
New funding and significant reform have followed the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Reform has also been progressing into how housing and homelessness services are organised. This session explores and debates what reforms are taking place, what they might mean, and what remains to be done?
 
Speakers: TBC
2.B: Reform reform reform: What has changed, and what remains to be solved?
New funding and significant reform have followed the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Reform has also been progressing into how housing and homelessness services are organised. This session explores and debates what reforms are taking place, what they might mean, and what remains to be done?
 
Speakers: Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless People; other speakers TBC
2.C: Cost benefit studies and evaluation: making sense of the numbers
How do we know when we are making a difference? Great program design needs to include a robust framework for evaluation. This session will outline the basics of how to build in evaluation so you can draw sound conclusions about whether you are improving people’s circumstances, or not. Professor Guy Johnston and Dr Yi-Ping Tseng will also draw aside the smokescreen on cost benefit analyses so you can tell when you’re reading academic or sector cost benefit studies whether they’re the ‘real deal’ or the emperor in new clothes.
 
Speakers: TBC
 2.D: Melbourne City Mission: The learning and employment connection
How do we support children and young people experiencing homelessness to remain connected to education and/or employment
 
Speakers: TBC
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