Building for better lives / Conference sessions

Minor concurrent session

Friday 1 December 2017
9.00am – 10.30am
Meeting room C2.1, ICC

MIN14: Causes, preventions and solutions – housing for mental wellbeing

People with a mental illness are more than twice as likely to have experienced homelessness. A series of short presentations will examine how to make the private rental market as a feasible option for people with a mental illness who are homeless, and the connections between mental illness and housing experienced by children and young people.



Mr James O'Donnell
PhD Candidate (School of Demography), Australian National University
James is a PhD Candidate in the School of Demography at the Australian National University. His research is focused on the demographic dynamics of housing and homelessness across time and space. He is particularly interested in how financial and labo... view
Mr James Toomey
Chief Executive Officer, Mission Australia
Newly appointed CEO James Toomey has been a highly respected and capable senior leader of Mission Australia since 2010.  As a qualified social worker with an extensive background in community services, James brings in-depth expertise to Mission Australia’s service delive... view
Ms Beth Fogerty
Regional Manager, Gippsland, Wellways Australia
Beth Fogerty is the Regional Manager, Gippsland for Wellways Australia. Beth has been involved in the development and delivery of the Doorway program, which she currently manages. Beth is passionate about supporting consumers and carers in taking an active ro... view
Mr Joshua Oates
Housing and Recovery Worker, Doorway Program, Wellways Australia
Josh has been employed in the community sector since 2006. Throughout this time, Josh has worked in direct service as a residential youth worker, community developer and mental health recovery worker. His passion for developing healthier communities ensuring the mo... view


Ms Catherine Brown
Director, Projects, Mental Health Commission
Catherine Brown is Director, Projects at the National Mental Health Commission. The Commission held Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health Workshops around Australia in March and April this year and to gather feedback from stakeholders about key issues and gaps f... view