Building for better lives / Conference sessions

Minor concurrent session

Thursday 30 November 2017
1.30pm – 3.00pm
Meeting room C4.8, ICC

MIN1: Collaboration, culture and community: leading practice in homelessness

Programs that promote community-wide collaboration and involvement can make a significant difference to helping people who are experiencing homelessness. This session features a series of presentations that consider whole of community responses to homelessness including culturally appropriate solutions for Indigenous people and community development programs that provide genuine choice for at risk young people.


Paul Tommasini & Mark Davidson, Ipswich Independent Youth Service

Paul Edginton, SYC Limited

Robyn Sutherland, Uniting Communities

Suraya Naidoo, Housing SA

Dr Clare Townsend (PhD), Synapse

Jenny Ranft, Wentworth Community Housing



Mr Paul Tommasini
Chief Executive Officer, Ipswich Independent Youth Service (IIYS)
Paul Tommasini is the Chief Executive Officer at Ipswich Independent Youth Service (IIYS). He has a worked in the community sector for 20 years, including 15 years at IIYS. Paul has seen the difficulties that young people experience in exiti... view
Mr Mark Davidson
Local Level Alliance Coordinator, Ipswich Independent Youth Service
Mark Davidson is the Local Level Alliance Coordinator at Ipswich Independent Youth Service. Mark holds a Masters of Social Administration (Community Development; Professional Leadership in the Human Services). Mark brings over 30 years experience working across various sectors in leadershi... view
Mr Paul Edginton
Chief Executive Officer, SYC
As Chief Executive Officer since 2004, Mr Edginton has lead SYC’s transformation into one of Australia’s most innovative not-for-profit organisations. With more than 600 staff across Australia, SYC’s programs and services encompass learning, working, home and wellbeing for people ... view
Ms Suraya Naidoo
Director Southern Services, Housing SA
Suraya has been working in homelessness practice and policy arenas in Australia for over twenty years. She commenced her career in the youth homelessness sector working with young people and families who were homeless or at risk of leaving ho... view
Dr Clare Townsend PhD
National Manager, Research and Development, Synapse
Clare is the National Manager-Research and Development at Synapse and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith and James Cook Universities. She manages a portfolio of strategic research which address the rights and needs of marginalized people with neurocognitive and oth... view
Ms Jenny Ranft
Divisional Manager Community Services, Wentworth Community Housing
Jenny Ranft leads three specialist homelessness services at Wentworth Community Housing. These services provide housing and support for single adults including rough sleepers, for tenants in the private rental market facing eviction, and for women and children escaping domestic violenc... view


Ms Pattie Chugg
Executive Officer, Shelter Tasmania
Pattie Chugg is the Executive Office for Shelter Tasmania, the peak body for housing and homelessness in Tasmania. Pattie has wide experience (23 years) in dealing with affordable housing and homelessness issues, both in service delivery and in policy advoca... view