2019 Homelessness Conference
Date and Time
Panorama Rooms, Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
EARLY BIRD TICKETS: Book by 11.59 pm Wednesday 26 June
The Don Dunstan Foundation presents the 2019 Homelessness Conference - Preventing Homelessness
Now in its sixth year, the 2019 Homelessness Conference program will explore and evaluate practical and future homelessness policy at local, national and international levels. This year's theme, Preventing Homelessness, examines the various ways that those working in the public, community and private sectors can collaborate more effectively to prevent homelessness in South Australia. This conference also provides an opportunity to hear updates on the Adelaide Zero Project.
Speakers so far include:
Leslie Wise | Portfolio Lead, Strategic Communications and Jake Maguire | Principal, Community Solutions (USA)
Leslie Wise works directly with communities in the United States and internationally to build and improve systems to end homelessness. During her eight years with Community Solutions, she has also led the content development and strategy for the Built for Zero initiative and piloted the design of Coordinated Entry Systems in several key communities. Built for Zero, co-directed by Jake Maguire, executes the organisation's systems change work to help communities end homelessness throughout the US and around the world. Jake is also privileged to advise and support ambitious, partner-led housing efforts in several countries. Both Leslie and Jake were involved in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Community Solutions' flagship large-scale change effort, spearheading its successful bid for the United Nations World Habitat Award.
Dr John Falzon | Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice, Per Capita (AUS)
Dr John Falzon is a sociologist, poet and social justice advocate and was national CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society from 2006 to 2018. He has written and spoken widely on neoliberalism and the structural causes of inequality and has long been engaged in the collective movement for social justice and social change. He is the author of The language of the unheard (2012) and a collection of poems, Communists like us (2017). He is a member of the Australian Services Union.
Dr Amanda Stafford | Clinical Lead RPH Homeless Team, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Royal Perth Hospital (AUS)
For just under three years, Dr Amanda Stafford has been the clinical lead for the RPH Homeless Teams. In this role, she focuses on the need for improved care and coordination between hospital and community homelessness services for health, housing and social support. Alongside this work, the Homeless Team has been able to demonstrate significant financial savings to the hospital system, strengthening the case for further Homeless Teams to be set up across Australian hospitals with significant homeless patient cohorts.
The conference also features addresses from The Right the Honourable Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor and Professor Chris Leishmann, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (University of Adelaide)
More information including the full program will be released in the coming months.
Thanks to our 2019 Conference sponsors
PRESENTING: Anglicare SA, Government of SA (SA Housing Authority)
MAJOR: Flinders University, Centre for Urban and Regional Housing (University of Adelaide), Neami National, Government of SA (SA Health)
EVENT: Junction Australia, The Wyatt Trust, Uniting Communities, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden - UCWB, Adelaide Primary Health Network
*Tickets include Post Conference Networking Drinks
The Don Dunstan Foundation is a thought leadership organisation established to inspire action for a fairer world and to build on the legacy of the late Premier Don Dunstan. We are a registered charity and focus on social justice issues through public events, collaborative projects and research. Our current areas of focus, as set out in our 2016-2020 strategic plan, are: Exploring new ways to address homelessness in particular with the focus on ending street homelessness in the inner city as part of the Adelaide Zero Project. Helping improve individual and community mental health primarily though a range of events and commissioning research. Analysing the opportunities and challenges of migration by supporting a Migration and Population Growth Network with the Committee for Adelaide and a Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet) with a broad range of organisations. Supporting Aboriginal economic empowerment by working with the Leaders Institute of South Australia and reconciliation though our annual Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration. Growing the purpose economy in South Australia through the Thinkers in Residence Program that brings experts from around the world to help us develop a more purposeful economy that is able to achieve the highest levels of social, cultural and environmental impact.