Platform 1225 Forum
“”Homelessness happens for young people aged 12-25.
If we believe in a socially inclusive and fair society, we need to find ways of ensuring that all are included. Platform 1225 is an initiative of Queensland Youth Housing Coalition.
Join us in unpacking this complex issue with the aim
to ensure social inclusion for all young people.
Featuring high calibre keynote speakers, panellists and the direct voices of young people, Platform 1225 aims to begin the complex conversation about social inclusion for all young people regardless of the complexities they face.
Social Inclusion – How do we fare?
- Are We Fair?
- What’s fair in our society? Whilst many fight for fair, we rarely articulate what it actually means to live in a fair society.
- Is it fair that thousands of young people are homeless every day?
- Is it fair that thousands of young people who are homeless have limited access to education?
- Is it fair that thousands of young people have limited access to income support?
- Is it fair that thousands of young people have fractured relationships with their families and significant others?
- Is it fair that those who have fractured relationships with families and others have limited means of healing these relationships?
- Is it fair that those young people in need of support have little access to the support they need?
- Is it fair that young people in the formative years of their lives don’t have access to the basic necessities to ensure that they can become fully functioning and included members of our society?
Will You Partner With Queensland Youth Housing Coalition & Become Part of the Solution?
A distinguished community lawyer and leading human rights advocate, Aimee McVeigh is devoted to empowering marginalised and vulnerable people across the legal system. Well-respected by her peers and clients alike, Aimee was a driving force behind the push for a Queensland Human Rights Act.
Aimee raised awareness through the media, galvanised support for the campaign and helped the community write more than 500 submissions to a parliamentary inquiry. She recently worked together with a local disability support service to establish Disability Law Queensland.
As a director of this service, she provides legal advice to people with disability and their families. Aimee has also worked as a gender advisor to the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples and created a best practice guide to help survivors of child sexual abuse engage with the Royal Commission. She’s also worked alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to improve their ability to access justice.
Comedian, Host, Corporate Trainer, TV And Radio Presenter and Improviser.
Seeing Kat on stage is like visiting an old friend you haven’t met yet. With fresh and intelligent comedy, she tackles relationships, observations and random events with equal passion and her unique storytelling ability takes her audience along for the ride.
Kat has been a professional improviser since 1993, hosted Gala Events, coached blue chip companies in communication and worked a crowd from the back of a cattle truck. Occasionally, all at the same time!
With his primary area of research is poverty, homelessness, social services, and charity aimed at addressing social disadvantage, Cameron is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and the Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues.
He is the co-chief investigator on several national studies that examine the nature and outcomes of newly emerging models of intervention directed toward permanently ending homelessness.
CEO and Founder of uBegin, Cameron helps leaders go beyond borders, culture and politics, to solve social & environmental challenges together by providing an online solution to unlock network resources and establish collaborative infrastructure to achieve high impact goals. In 2017, uBegin was showcased at the United Nations Global Festival of Ideas, then the Australian Sustainable Development Goal summit in 2018. Cameron has strong dedication to entrepreneurial innovation, global citizenship, and helping people contribute meaningfully within our community.
Jack is a proud Torres Strait Islander man originating from Badu Island in the Western Region of the Torres Straits. He joined IBA Enterprises in 2014 and currently is the Team Leader of their Business Solutions program; leading the team of seasoned business and finance professionals across the eastern states of Australia.
Nikki Chenoweth is a descendant from the Guugu Yimitrir, Nymal Naymal and Kalkadoon Aboriginal language groups.
Nikki is also the manager of Breakthru. She grew up in a suburban Brisbane home with 18 family members.
At this year’s forum, Nikki will talk about the factors that led her out of poverty.
Maria has a long-standing commitment to working in the not-for-profit sector on social justice issues. She has been employed in a range of positions from direct practice, with a focus on housing and homelessness, through to organisational management.
This grounded experience has enabled Maria to undertake a range of project and policy work and to share this knowledge and advocate in a range of community and public settings.
Sarah Al Maisary
Sarah Al Maisary is a passionate young women who loves helping people to start achieving and working towards their goals. Sarah is passionate about self-development, beauty, health & well-being.
Sarah is currently working as a disability support worker, and commencing study for her Cert III in disability and working towards achieving her start up business.
Jasmine Lind is the Program Coordinator for Wesley Mission Queensland’s Logan Youth Foyer Support Service and has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for 15 years.
Jennifer Thomas is the Executive President of The Services Union. She has extensive experience in developing campaigns to assist workers to realise their goals within the workplace. Jennifer has worked in the Union Movement for more than 17 years, 16 of which have been with The Services Union.
Jennifer is passionate about member training and The Services Union is committed to investing in the education of our Workplace Delegates to achieve this.
Derek Oram is a self taught didgeridoo “Yidaki” player that has been playing for over 10 years.
Derek’s rhythms represent “Yuggera” which is the local language group of the Brisbane region. Listen closely for sounds of the Storm Bird “Toowong”, the laughing Kookaburra “Kakawan” and many more native Australian animals.
Derek aims to take you on a journey through ancient country with the highest vibrational frequency through the “Yidaki”.
Wayne Deininger is a tenant of Wesley Mission Logan Youth Foyer.
Wayne is the Chairman of the leadership team at Wesley Mission Logan Youth Foyer which consists of a group of young people from LYFSS who volunteer to assist with the service planning, delivery, policy, events and more.
Chang Po Ching
Brisbane Local Chang Po Ching has been singing and performing in the music scene for around ten years as an artist and songwriter.
Featuring on last years ‘The Voice’ Chang stole the attention of many receiving a 4 chair turn during his amazing audition.
Be sure to be entertained and taken to another world. The one and only, Chang Po Ching.
Program of keynotes, sessions & presentations
Take a few minutes to network and check out our sponsor stands with arrival tea and coffee provided.
Welcome message by our MC, Kat Davidson.
‘Welcome to Country’ Performance
Welcome to Country and Didgeridoo performance by Derek Oram
QYHC Presentation from QYHC Executive Director, Maria Leebeek.
When our rights come home – what a Human Rights Act means for Queensland:
Presented by leading human rights advocate and Director of Disability Law Queensland, Aimee McVeigh
Behind Closed Doors – From Poverty to Social Inclusion:
Presented by Nikki Chenoweth, Manager for Breakthru
Enjoy a 30 minute break while you peruse our sponsor stands. Catering included.
This year’s panel discussion will focus on Insights from Young People
Indigenous Business Australia:
Presented by Jack Reis – Team Leader of the Business Solutions program
A special music performance by Wayne Deininger
Catering includes a buffet lunch, tea, freshly brewed coffee and soft drinks.
Sponsors to display stands.
Homelessness and a Poverty of Ambition:
Presented by Cameron Parsell, Associate Professor and UQ Development Fellow at The University of Queensland (School of Social Science)
Creating Connections – Foyer Community of Practice:
Presented by Jasmine Lind, Coordinator for Logan Youth Foyer Support Service, and Sarah Al Maisary, Disability Support Worker for Shine Health Services.
The Services Union
Working in Partnership to create Sustainability & Workforce Capability
Presented by – Jennifer Thomas – Executive President, The Services Union
When the opportunity for impact is greater than you can manage alone – U-Begin:
Presented by Cameron Cross, live from San Francisco
Lucky Door Prize Draw.
Chang Po Ching
A special closing performance by Brisbane local Chang Po Ching.
Thank you for your support. Many thanks to Royal on the Park for hosting this forum.