Housing future communities /

Minor concurrent session

Thursday 29 August 2019
3.30pm – 5.00pm

Mental health and housing

A research-driven presentation from Mind Australia and AHURI on the interplay between mental health and outcomes in housing will be followed by presentations looking at the impact of trauma on tenancies.



Dr Nicola Brackertz
Manager AHURI Professional Services
Nicola is a research specialist with over 15 years’ experience in a wide range of areas related to public policy, social justice, housing and disadvantage. Research interests include interventions to address financial stress and financial hardship, social innovation, community participati... view
Dr Sarah Pollock
Executive Director Research and Advocacy, Mind Australia Limited
Sarah has worked at the executive level in the social care and mental health sectors for fifteen years. Sarah combines strengths in research, policy analysis and strategy development, and has specific expertise in socially inclusive approaches to research and servi... view
Megan Lawrance
Chief Executive Officer, Many Rivers Regional Housing
Megan Lawrance is the CEO of a leading Aboriginal Community Housing Provider, Many Rivers Regional Housing. Megan’s career has centred on the delivery of services for vulnerable people, leading both health and social services. She is passionate about the pivot... view
Desley Slade
Manager Assets & Service Development, Many Rivers Regional Housing
Desley Slade is the Manager of Assets and Service Development for Many Rivers Regional Housing. She is a descendant of the Gamilaroi people of Moree, NSW.  In her role, Desley coordinates and develops community engagement initiatives to improve housing outcom... view


Dr Gerry Naughtin
Strategic Adviser, Mental Health and Psychosocial Disability - Strategic Advice, Research and Inclusion Division, NDIA
Gerry Naughtin is the Strategic Adviser, Mental Health and Psychosocial Disability in the Strategic Advice, Research and Inclusion Division of the NDIA.  He brings extensive experience in the community mental health sector to this positio... view