Abstracts: Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions: Wednesday 13 September 2017

Wednesday 13 September 2017
10:20 am - 12:00 pm
Plenary Session: Putting the home into ending homelessness – the evidence from Europe
Can we end homelessness without housing for people who have no home? How do we build an effective homelessness service system? Many European nations have adopted evidence-based ‘housing-led’ homelessness strategies, but with different implementation approaches. Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, a leading academic on homelessness in Europe, and editor of the European Journal of Homelessness points to the way forward for Australia by comparing the approaches in Ireland, Denmark, and Finland to highlight what works, and what doesn’t.
Chair: Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
Discussant: Guy Johnston, Professor Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT University
Speaker: Eoin O’Sullivan, Editor, The European Journal of Homelessness 

Wednesday 13 September 2017
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: The NDIS – Is it working for people experiencing homelessness?
Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) people with severe and permanent disability receive individualised ongoing support. Will this meet the needs of the many people who are homeless and have a disability, or are people with more complex needs simply falling through the net? This panel will explore what’s working and what isn’t for people with disability who are also homeless.
Panellists: TBC
Wednesday 13 September 2017
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Plenary Session: Trauma and adolescent family violence: Delivering better homelessness responses
Young people who use violence in the home are often both victims and perpetrators of violence and commonly have experienced significant trauma. This presents complex challenges for both mainstream and youth homeless services. How can we both protect family members and best support young people with complex behaviour to become positive and independent adults with healthy relationships? What does our understanding of trauma bring to these problem solving efforts? 
Dr Anita Morris, Principal Family Violence Practitioner, DHHS has a background in Health, Social Work and academia, and was formerly the manager of social work and allied health lead for the women's and children's division at Western Health. She has been appointed principal Family Violence Practitioner at the Department of Health and Human Services and will speak on these challenges in the context of Victoria’s family violence reforms.
Chair: Sherri Bruinhout, Melbourne City Mission

Plenary Sessions: Thursday 14 September 2017

Thursday 14 September 2017
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Plenary Session: Resolving homelessness for young care leavers
The Republic of Ireland has successfully reduced youth homelessness over the past 25 years. Starting with the Child Care Act, 1991 (which put in place a statutory right to services for homeless young people, including limited aftercare) through to Child Care (Amendment) Act 2015 (which provides an enhanced statutory right to aftercare), a combination of statutory entitlements and strategic focus on prevention, homelessness amongst young people (under the age of 18) has substantially declined. Professor Eoin O’Sullivan will explore the lessons of the Irish experience – with a particular focus on the last part of the lengthy process to end youth homelessness, the provision of an enhanced statutory right to aftercare.
Speaker: Eoin O’Sullivan, Editor, The European Journal of Homelessness 
Thursday 14 September 2017
10:55 am - 12:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Aboriginal homelessness: strengthening cultural responses / improving outcomes
Aboriginal people represent 1 in 4 clients of homelessness services, but there are few Aboriginal specific service responses. This panel will explore what is working well around prevention, early intervention, and tenancy sustainment with Aboriginal people experiencing homelessness, and where we need service reform?
Chair: Dan Laws
Thursday 14 September 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Effective support post-housing

Once people experiencing homelessness are housed they often experience a new set of challenges – battling loneliness, managing unresolved trauma, and dealing with the day to day grind of poverty. A panel of people with a lived experience of successfully transitioning out of homelessness share their knowledge about what works, and what doesn’t, and pose some challenges for the homelessness sector.

Speakers: TBC

Thursday 14 September 2017
3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
Homelessness Debate: Does transitional housing continue to have a role?
Affirmative: Heather Holst, Deputy CEO, Launch Housing; Mark Smoljo, CHFV
Negative: Guy Johnson, RMIT University; Michael Perusco, CEO, Unison


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