The 8th National Homelessness Conference

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Thank you to everyone who attended the 8th National Homelessness Conference


With five hundred delegates, three days and more than fifty presentations and workshops, the 8th National Homelessness Conference: Complexities & Countermeasures was a feast of international and Australian information, research, knowledge, stories and experience that all focused on homelessness, the issues surrounding homelessness and a collaborative way out.

Highlights of the conference included the three, international, key-note speakers, from Canada, the USA and the UK, who inspired their audiences with insightful, proven methods that are employed in their homelands to address homelessness and domestic violence.

Dr Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network discussed Housing First models in Canada and then presented a conceptual framework for preventing youth homelessness.

Colin Falconer, from the Foyer Foundation in the UK, motivated delegates with his 'Advantaged Thinking' address. 'Advantaged Thinking' focuses on strengths rather than the negatives when interacting with clients.

Cindy Southworth, from the National Network to End Domestic Violence, caused her audiences to reassess their technology use. She delivered several thought provoking sessions on using technology and data effectively, and in a way that does not compromise survivor autonomy or safety.

Out of 'session', the networking highlight was the conference dinner: an unforgettable night hosted by RocKwiz's Brian Nankervis. The depth of music knowledge in the homelessness sector is amazing!

Another heartening aspect of the conference was the range of non homelessness-sector organisations who were involved as delegates, presentations or sponsors. This reinforces the understanding that homelessness is bigger than one sector, and that sectors must unite to succeed. Thank you to Australasian College of Optometry, Alzheimer's Australia, Lighthouse Media, Max Employment and beyondblue for their presentations and support.

Conference presentations are now available.

See the conference photo gallery.

There is only two weeks until earlybird registration closes!
Register before Saturday 31 May to receive the conference earlybird rates:


Fulltime Homelessness Australia member

$1195.00     (save $80)

Fulltime non member

$1295.00     (save $80)

Fulltime government, academic, consultant

$1395.00     (save $80)

Fulltime student




Conference social functions

Welcome reception - Wednesday 10 September 2014
Delegates are welcome to join Homelessness Australia and the NHC2014 organising committee for canapés and drinks, to network with delegates and exhibitors, at the conference venue.

Attendance is included in all fulltime registrations.
Additional tickets $65.00 per person

Gala dinner - Thursday 11 September 2014
Delegates are invited to attend the 8th National Homelessness Conference Gala Dinner at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. This fantastic evening will include a three-course dinner and drinks plus entertainment by Rockwiz's very own Brian Nankervis!

Attendance is not included in the registration cost.
Gala dinner tickets $145.00 per person

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