Building for better lives / Conference sessions

Major concurrent session

Thursday 30 November 2017
11.00am – 12.30pm
Pyrmont Theatre, International Convention Centre

MAJ1: Homelessness in 2017: is early intervention and prevention working?

How well has Australia’s homelessness system transformed from crisis response, to early intervention and prevention and how does Australia’s system compare to the US?

Presentation and panel discussion to be followed by audience Q&A



Ms Gail Gilman
Chief Executive Officer, Community Housing Partnership (CHP), San Francisco, CA, USA
A dynamic leader focused on designing and implementing impactful, outcome-driven interventions, Gail is committed to ensure that all San Franciscans have access to housing, employment, and a livable community. Gail is spearheading the local a... view


Prof Guy Johnson
Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT University
Guy is the inaugural Unison Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness. He leads the Unison Housing Research Program at RMIT University, an industry led partnership that aims to address the ongoing issue of housing insecurity and homelessness in a w... view
Ms Jenny Smith
Chair, Homelessness Australia and Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons.
Jenny Smith is the CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons which is the peak body for Victoria’s specialist homelessness sector. Jenny came to CHP following a long public sector career in policy, management a... view
Ms Sherri Bruinhout
Assistant Director, Homelessness and Accommodation Support, Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
Sherri Bruinhout is Assistant Director, Homelessness and Accommodation Support,  Department of Health and Human Services (VIC). She has worked in government and non-government settings, contributing to the youth homelessness, affordable housing and community inclusio... view
Mr Darren Young
State Director - QLD & NT, Mission Australia
Darren is the State Director for Mission Australia across Queensland and the Northern Territory. With a current focus on reducing homelessness and strengthening communities, he holds a diverse service portfolio which includes: specialist homelessness services and accommodation; tenancy support; chil... view


Mr Adrian Pisarski
Executive Officer, National Shelter
Adrian Pisarski has a 35 year history in the community sector including roles with housing, homelessness, welfare and youth peak bodies in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and nationally. He was the Executive Officer of Queensland Shelter between 2002 and 201... view