Housing future communities /

Minor concurrent session

Thursday 29 August 2019
11.00am – 12.30pm

Connecting young people with housing

This session examines the risks of youth homelessness and explores in detail new ways of working in collaboration to improve long-term housing options for young people.



Rhianon Vichta-Ohlsen
Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Brisbane Youth Service
Rhianon Vichta-Ohlsen is the Research and Evaluation Coordinator for Brisbane Youth Service, playing a key role in leading BYS’s organisational commitment to evidence-informed practice and to measuring the outcomes of their work with young people experiencing risks associated with homelessness. ... view
Maria Leebeek
Queensland Youth Housing Coalition
Maria Leebeek has a long standing commitment to working in the not-for-profit sector on social justice issues. Maria has been employed in range of positions from direct practice, with a focus on housing and homelessness, through to organizational management. Th... view
Kai Schweizer
Curtin University
Kai Schweizer is the youth homelessness project officer at the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and a member of the core team at the WA Alliance to End Homelessness. He has a vast public health portfolio that spans homelessnes... view


Marion Bennett
Executive, Practice, Quality and Performance, Mission Australia
Marion has had a long career in the NSW Government advising on social policy, natural resources reforms, governance and performance improvement. As Executive Director of Housing Policy and Homelessness in the Department of Family and Community Services, she led housi... view