Homelessness Conference 2019 – Preventing Homelessness

Homelessness Conference 2019 – Preventing Homelessness

The Homelessness Conference 2019: Preventing Homelessness banner image, featuring head shots of eight people with hopeful looks on their faces.

7 August 2019

Now in its sixth year, the 2019 Homelessness Conference was a sell out success. The program explored and evaluated practical and future homelessness policy at local, national and international levels. The year’s theme, Preventing Homelessness, examined the various ways that those working in the public, community and private sectors can collaborate more effectively to prevent homelessness in South Australia. The conference also provided an opportunity to hear updates on the Adelaide Zero Project

Conference presenters and panel members included nationally and internationally acclaimed key service providers, policy and decision makers, and academics. Interactive sessions provided opportunities for discussion, learning and exchange of ideas.

View the program here

Download and view the slides from the 2019 Homelessness Conference below.


Speakers included The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor and  Professor Chris Leishmann, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (University of Adelaide) and keynotes:

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. Click here to learn more.

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 also a member of the Australian Services Union. Click here to learn more.

Dr Amanda Stafford | Clinical Lead RPH Homeless Team, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Royal Perth Hospital (AUS)
Dr Amanda Stafford has been the clinical lead for the RPH Homeless Team for nearly three years to respond to 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.

Homelessness Conference Schedule

The logos for our conference sponsors. The presenting sponsors are Anglicare SA, the Government of South Australia, and Collaborative Thinking, Positive Outcomes, a joint initiative of the Capital City Committee of Adelaide, the Government of South Australia, and the City of Adelaide. The major sponsors are the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, SA Health, and Neami National. The event sponsors are Bendigo Bank, Junction, PHN Adelaide, UCWB, Uniting Care, Uniting Communities, and Wyatt.

2019 Homelessness Conference Full Day Slides

The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor | Opening Address

The Hon Michelle Lensink | Opening Address

Rosemary Wanganeen | Welcome to Country | Presentation

David Pearson | Adelaide Zero Project | Presentation

Professor Chris Leishman | National Update on Homelessness and Housing | Presentation

Jack Maguire and Leslie Wise, Community Solutions | Going Downstream to get upstream: Thoughts on Using By-Name List Data to Understand and Reduce Inflow | Keynote Address

Dr John Falzon | Economic Lies and Homelessness: A Positive Spin? | Keynote Address

Masterclass | Power Mapping: A Masterclass on Building the Coalition to End Homelessness | Jake Maguire, Community Solutions

Panel | Data Communications and Homelessness | MC: Simon Schrapel, Chief Executive, Uniting Communities

Workshop | Building the Peer Support Workforce | Shandy Arlidge and Belinda Brown, Mental Health Coalition of SA

Panel | Building Links to Break the Cycle | MC: The Hon. Jack Snelling, Wellbeing Project Manager, Baptist Care SA

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