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Subject: INFORM 10 February, 2012, Homelessness Australia
Weekly digest from the homelessness and allied sector in Australia and abroad
10 February, 2012
Australians for Affordable Housing
Nearly one in ten Australian households are in housing stress. A startling 460,000 households spend more than half of their income on housing costs. It’s time to make some noise about housing affordability. Website. Facebook: www.facebook.com/housingstressed
-Memo to banks: all we want is a fair go for all, great Dear four banks letter!
At the Crossroads
Do you think every homeless youth deserves the chance to build an outstanding life? Website.
Five in Five
Five in Five is a campaign which encourages single people to pledge to go on five dates in five weeks, raising money for the urban poor in our community, website.
“We’re looking at four different issues — domestic violence in same-sex relationships, street safety, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual health,” website.
Stop the loss
High loss poker machines are known to be addictive and Australia has the fastest, highest loss machines in the world, website.
Street by Street Is a national neighbourhood support program that links people who live in the same street or nearby, website.
Youth-led Constitutional Recognition Forum wants you!
We’re looking for 96 young Indigenous Australians, 12 from each state and territory, to join us at the NCIE in March for the Constitutional Recognition Forum for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, apps close 27 Jan, website.
Safe in Oz
Addressing specialist mental health issues through training workshops and consultancy services, website.
Red Roses Musical
Seeking sponsors, touring nationally website.
Yfoundations Policy Forum
The forum will host the NSW Ombudsman's Office to discuss the right & benefits of complaints & LegalAid to cover the changes to work & development orders, Sydney, 14 February, website.
3rd Australasian Ethics Network (AEN) Conference
Brisbane, 16 - 17 February, website.
Parental alienation, contact problems and the Family Justice System
Seminar, Melbourne, 20 February, website.
Pathways through the maze
National Hoarding and Squalor Conference, Sydney, 21 - 22 February, website.
Women and Homelessness in Ireland
Dublin, 23 February, website.
2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters
Scholarship applications are now open. Washington DC, 27 February - 1 March, website.
NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, may designate representatives to attend the annual sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women. New York, 27 February to 9 March, website.
Identifying the Hidden Disaster: The First Australian Conference on Natural Disasters and Family Violence
Melbourne, 9 March, website.
Concentrations of social disadvantage in Australia's cities: key questions and hypotheses
Canberra, 14 March, website.
Housing and social wellbeing: new AHURI research
15 March, Melbourne, website.
Seeking asylum in Australia - mental health and human rights of children and families
Seminar, Melbourne, 15 March, website.
ACOSS Media Forum
Sydney, 28 March, website.
ACOSS National Conference
The ACOSS Annual Conference is a premier national event for policy-makers, researchers and those engaged in social services or advocacy in Sydney, 29 - 30 March, website.
Housing First Partners' Conference 2012
New Orleans, 21 - 23 March, website.
New approaches to Indigenous housing
This AHURI Housing Research Seminar will present the findings from two new AHURI research projects.
The Big Issue Street Football Festival
The festival with corporate, government, junior events & National Championships of The Big Issue’s Community Street Soccer Program.
Cockle Bay, Sydney, April 11-22, website.
The inaugural Third Sector Expo
Free-to-attend two day professional development conference and exhibition, Melbourne, 16 - 17 April, website.
Homelessness Research Conference
From AHURI and RMIT University, Melbourne, 19 - 20 April, website.
The Connecting Up Conference
Sydney, 1 - 3 May, website.
CLCNSW State Conference 2012
Sydney, 8 - 10 May, website.
Sydney, 15 – 17 May, website.
National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference
Coffs Harbour, 18 - 20 May, website.
Specialist Homelessness Services Conference
Leading the Road Home, Perth, 28 - 29 May, website.
Shelter NSW Conference:
Explorations in nonprofit housing: models vicissitudes resurgence
Sydney, 14 June, website.
Australian Suicide Prevention Conference
Cairns, 13 - 15 June, website.
International Women's Conference:
Cairns, 14 - June, website.
Australasian Conference of Child Trauma
Gold Coast, 4 - 6 July, website.
Missing People: Issues and Implications Conference
Brisbane, 5 - 6 July, website.
12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference
Melbourne, 25 – 27 July, website.
3rd National Affordable Housing Exchange
Australia Technology Park, Sydney, 26 - 27 July, website.
8th World Congress on Active Ageing
Abstract deadline is 31 Jan. Glasgow, Scotland, 13 - 17 August, website.
7th National Homelessness Conference: “Making It Home” the real issues in homelessness
Homelessness Australia’s 7th conference, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 5 - 7 September 2012, website.
The 21st Century Approach to Mental Health
Perth, 17 - 19 October, website.
The National Housing Conference
Brisbane, 30 October – 2 November 2012, website.
3rd International Conference on Survivors of Rape
Galway, West Ireland, 9 - 10 November, website.
No To Violence (NTV) Conference
Melbourne, 14 - 16 November, website.
WEEKS & DAYS 2012
Sector related awareness days and weeks see webpage.
Youth week is 13 - 22 April
Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) day is 18 April
Monday 6 August – Sunday 12 August
Part-time GPs required (ongoing)
Mobile GP is a non-government agency providing health services to the homeless and marginalised. For further information, please call Stephanie Dunstan on 0457 925 357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
School system punishes poor, says report
A competitive school market is segregating students by ability, socio-economic background and ethnicity with profound effects on education outcomes, states a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. SMH, 10 February. OECD report.
Sex changes for young children if legal bid goes through
Greens to push for flexible working hours
Law reform bid to protect migrant women
Post-stroke care less likely for Aborigines – study
Indigenous people who suffer a stroke are less likely to receive life-saving care than non-indigenous people treated in the same hospitals, a national audit has found. SMH, 9 February.
It's win-lose for Australian women
Australian women are healthier and better educated than their male counterparts, but earn less and are much less likely to hold senior positions in business, politics or law. SMH, 8 February.
What Does Equal Pay Mean Now?
Transport, childcare, and violence are key reasons for joblessness: study
Reform housing sector, experts say
Governments need to reform Australia's housing sector to make it more affordable and accessible, property experts say. Nine News, 7 February.
Detention centre 'should be shut immediately'
Amnesty visits Australian detention centres
Government considers reverse mortgage scheme to fix aged care funding
Revenge and despair place children at risk
Recognising the First Peoples: small step, long journey
Minister for Housing and Homelessness
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Disability Reform
Minister for Community Services, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for the Status of Women
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers
It's win or lose on capital property
Coffs' housing proving popular
Glebe public housing plan comes under fire and before planning committee
Care Connect (Ongoing)
Service to help At Risk of Homelessness in Inner West Sydney. Care Connect’s Community Options Program (Housing Support) provides short-term to medium-term support services to people who are at risk of being homeless or being marginally housed. The Program has vacancies now. Please contact Lisa Clarke, Intake Case Manager on (02) 9830 8903 or email@example.com.
Musicians drum up attendance in NT schools
Home is where the heart aches
Ms Anderson said she had seen a financial counsellor and was paying off $100 a fortnight, but her clinical depression and physical disabilities made it hard to pay more. Sunshine Coast Daily, 10 February.
Suncorp urged not to export 2000 Queensland jobs
Speculation that Suncorp is poised to send 2000 jobs overseas has prompted a call from the State Government to support local workers. Courier Mail, 10 February.
Rising cost of living takes toll in SA
Falling food prices and wage rises outstripping increases in the cost of living have been flagged as reasons for no change to interest rates. Adelaide Now, 8 February.
Tassie joins pay rise bid
More than 6000 Tasmanian aged-care workers are hoping for a pay rise as their industry and unions join forces in a bid to lift their income above the minimum wage. The Mercury, 9 February.
Poker machine regulator barely more than a rubber stamp
Long waits for public housing
No taunts of abnormal at safe, same-sex formal
First Western Australia arrest under laws on alcohol-free homes
Mentally ill living in tents
Calgary homeless count not expected to show a decline
Most EU Member States Fail to Ensure the Right to Housing
Call for affordable housing
More quake homes beyond repair
Shocked homeowners are calling for support after getting the news their earthquake-damaged Christchurch properties are irreparable. NZ Herald, 10 February.
Jobs growth remains feeble
Employment growth remained feeble over last year's final three months. NZ Herald, 10 February.
Repossessions 'lowest since 2007' as councils handed new 'safety net' cash
Suicide Recommendations Lead To Drop In Suicides Across England And Wales
California Homeless Crisis Grows As State Is Reluctant To Use Powerful Law
Montclair clergy asks council to help them resolve homelessness in town
America is becoming a nation of renters
Stripping the stigma from student homelessness
Here in Washington state, thousands of families with children worry about where they will sleep at night. It’s within our reach to reduce family homelessness.
The journalists and media who write and report on the homelessness, housing and support sector.
The National Tenant Support Network (National TSN) is an independent, unincorporated not-for-profit initiative delivering a range of services to social and affordable rental housing stakeholders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Email to subscribe: TSN@thenexus.org.au
BBC News Magazine
Education Tax Refund
Homeless No More (Aus)
Homeless Directions (Aus)
The Australian Government is seeking public opinion on the draft Ten Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform (PDF 2156 KB) (the Roadmap) via an online survey
Home Instead (USA)
National Housing Supply Council
The National Housing Supply Council's 3rd State of Supply Report was released in December 2011
Create Your Better Life Index, an interactive website
The Treasury (Aus)
Urban Institute (USA)
University of Calgary (Can)
The S.W.A.S.H (Sydney Women and Sexual Health) Survey 2012
This survey is seeking information about the circumstances of low-income households as they pay rising electricity and gas bills, the amounts of income needed to pay energy bills, and the relationship between energy use and housing conditions.
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