The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition (QYHC) was established in 1984. We have evolved since that time to become a significant voice for the issues impacting on marginalised young people, the focus has been on ending youth homelessness.
Housing is the bedrock from which young people can undertake social and economic opportunities.
QYHC is committed to improving the life opportunities and the wellbeing of young people who have been impacted by homelessness and the multitude of associated issues such as education, health, safety and social connection.
Who We Are & How We Work
A state-wide coalition of organisations & individuals advocating for and with young people who are homeless or who have had an experience of homelessness and supporting the services that work with them. QYHC assists not for profit organisations and government departments to respond to the housing and homelessness needs of young Queenslanders.
QYHC has an integrated approach to innovation and policy initiatives.
QYHC is funded by the Department of Housing and Public Works.
Megan has been employed with the Youth+ Foundation as the Executive Officer for the last 5 years and is focused on supporting quality and innovative responses for young people who have been disenfranchised from traditional education systems; often from diverse and complex backgrounds. Megan also works with the Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Education, a member based organisation supporting the professionals who provide a range of unique and diverse educational opportunities across Australia.
Megan has a long association with the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition, both through employment and service to the Management Committee since 2009.
Megan has a Social Science – Human Services degree (BSocSc), specialising in Young People and is currently completing her Master of Teaching (MTeach).
I have worked in policy, research, most recently in academia as a lecturer and coordinator of the field education for social work and human services students. I have also worked in the private business sector. I am on the Board of the Australian Association of Social Workers, a member of the Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Committee, the AASW Qld Branch Social Policy Sub Committee and the National Workplace Mental Health Working Group for a national aged care provider. I am commitment to the principles of human rights and social justice and am incredibly thrilled to be part of this dynamic organisation.
In recent years Brett has worked in various capacities as a representative for the local government sector, undertaking multiple projects across numerous social policy areas and holding project management roles.
Brett has a strong passion for social justice and aspires to work in developing a greater appreciation for community wellbeing programs and initiatives. Brett has been a member on several external steering committees and government working groups to inform and evaluate commonwealth and state-based reforms across community services and specific government-funded initiatives and programs.
Brett is currently the Manager for Digital Services with the Local Government Association of Queensland and serves as the Vice President and Director for Volunteering Queensland. He was previously the LGAQ’s Principal Advisor for Community Services and Strategy Development and was Co-chair of the Anti-Poverty Week Advisory Committee from 2012 - 2015.
He has been employed with the LGAQ for the past seven years to assist in supporting councils to deliver excellence in community services and more recently manage a large-scale digital transformation project for Queensland councils.
Brett has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism and Diploma level tertiary qualifications in Project Management and Community Services.
QYHC MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
I was born in Redcliffe Queensland. My ancestral links are with the Wiradjuri and Wongaibon First Nations peoples in NSW, the Nurrungi (or Narrung or Ngarrindjeri) First Nations peoples in SA and the Yuggera (or Yaggera
or Jaggera) First Nations peoples in QLD.
I have worked in a diverse range of areas in Aboriginal Health, Public Health, and Health Promotion. I have a Degree in Social Science majoring in Human Services and was the QUT Alumni Award winner in 2004.
In 1993, I was employed as Queensland’s first Indigenous Health Promotion Officer. Later and for 20 years I was employed with Queensland Health, Cancer Screening Branch. I am currently, since 2001, a member of several national
Advisory Committees with the Department of Health and Ageing.
I have also worked with the University of NSW, Curtain University WA, and Sydney University, where
I was instrumental in developing the current Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion, Additionally, with The Lowitja Institute, Women’s Health Queensland Wide and with national and international Indigenous
health research projects for SPC, WHO and NHMRC. More recently, as the Coordinator of a homeless youth shelter and at the Mater Hospital as a Youth Worker. I am currently employed with University of Queensland, developing, and implementing a new model of care
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who experience detention and when transitioning back to the community.
Allan’s work with BABI Youth & Family Service has spanned over a decade and positions have included Volunteer Caretaker, Property and Tenancy Worker, Housing Case Worker and currently holds the position of Housing Program Manager. Allan completed a Certificate 4 in Social Housing in 2017.
Working within a Specialist Youth Homelessness Service for over a decade has fuelled Allan’s passion for delivering a strong response to the multitude of challenges faced by young homeless people and the sector that strives to support them.
A lived experience has propelled Jordanah to continue to advocate for change and for there to be proactive planning for care leavers to ensure they have somewhere to continue to call home. Jordanah is passionate about supporting young people to utilise their voice and experience to bring about change.
Kirsten has been with CTC for 20 years and has worked with the management team to advocate for services within the South Burnett region. The organisation now encompasses over 25 contracts and services providing a continuum of care for members of our community.
As part of this suite of services, Kirsten manages the youth hostel, youth services, child safety residential care, domestic violence and family services. Kirsten has a passion for youth believing that each young person should have the opportunity to achieve to their potential. She believes and works towards providing support for young people who have been affected by trauma, family dysfunction or other environmental factors and who need the help to be able to meet their individual goals and be the best adult they can be.