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The 2019 program will include opportunities to learn about and discuss the latest innovations in homelessness practice and prevention, new research, and ongoing challenges in policy and practice.

Our Canadian keynote speakers Melanie Redman and Stephen Gaetz will discuss system reforms and practice developments in Canada, including the impact of the Canadian Housing Strategy, homelessness prevention initiatives, and the innovative Housing First for Youth model being trialled in multiple sites across Canada.

You’ll hear about the challenges and progress being made with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the mental health system, and post-housing support. Connect with the latest developments in the homelessness policy framework in Victoria, and with the Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework.

And, we’ll have a specific youth homelessness stream, to learn about policy and practice innovations for young people, including young people transitioning from out-of-home care, young people in rural areas, and young LGBTIQ people.

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DAY 1 – Monday 14 October

Welcome to country &

Ministerial address: The Hon Richard Wynne


Plenary: Winning hearts and minds to end homelessness

Introducing the Homelessness Media Awards

Plenary: Lessons from Canada – Progress, challenges, next steps


Dr Stephen Gaetz, President and CEO, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness will present on Canada’s successes and challenges in responding to homelessness. What is working in a jurisdiction with a great many similarities to Australia, and what remains a challenge? What has been the impact on homelessness of having a national housing strategy and national homelessness strategy.

Plenary panel: Ending homelessness for people with mental ill-health

A panel examining the solutions needed to stop the revolving door between acute mental health care and homelessness

The Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards

CHP is proud to present the Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards, an opportunity to celebrate the many exceptional workers, consumers and organisations within the specialist homelessness service system and the vital work that they do. Learn how to nominate

DAY 2 - Tuesday 15 October

Plenary: Housing First for Young People


Melanie Redman, CEO, A Way Home Canada will outline the Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) model being trialled across Canada. How is Housing First for Youth different to Housing First models generally? What can we translate from this success into an Australian context?

Plenary panel: Closing the Gap: An Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians are more likely to experience homelessness than other Victorians. This panel will explore the issues driving Aboriginal overrepresentation, identify the solutions needed, and explore models of service delivery that are working to address Aboriginal homelessness.

Plenary Panel: The NDIS – Is it getting any better? Could it be worse?


People with psychosocial disability and who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness tend to struggle to access the NDIS. This panel will explore the improvements that are being made to better meet the needs of this highly vulnerable group, and also identify where further change is needed. 

Plenary Debate: How small is too small: a debate about tiny homes

The great Victorian homelessness debate returns with the fundamental question of size.



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