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Platform 1225 Forum 2022

Platform A: Wednesday 20th April, 2022 | Online
9:30am -12:30pm - Youth Homelessness Matters Day
Platform B: Monday 24th October | Rydges Southbank

Attend the Forum: Platform A

Youth Homelessness Matters Day –
20th April, 2022 ON-LINE

Featuring:
Jordanah & Caitlin

Managing the Duality: What it’s like being a qualified professional and young person with a lived experience working in the community services sector.

Making Tracks:

Young people’s reflections on their experiences – what assisted them in laying solid foundations or led to them feeling derailed.

Reimagining Indigenous Housing, Health and Wealth:

Professor Kerry Arabena

The Necessary Ecological Response to Unlock the Potential in the Indigenous Estate.

It is widely recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereon Indigenous) peoples have a holistic conception of physical and mental health and wellbeing underpinned by core cultural values and perspectives, healing practices and traditions designed to strengthen collective identity and cultural continuity, and that have sustained Indigenous peoples for millennia.

It is less widely recognised that Australia’s Indigenous peoples have an equally long tradition of architecture, urban design and related economic activity that cannot be meaningfully separated from this, and that have provided a platform for culturally continuity lasting tens of thousands of years. While taking contemporary standards of ‘housing for health’ and construction standards and overcrowding as a starting point, and fully recognising their important physical and mental health and wellbeing implications, this presentation also considers the ‘housing for culture’ and ‘housing for wealth’ dimensions to housing and community.

As such it adopts an empowerment-based approach and requires Indigenous people, families and communities to be at the centre of the co-design of contemporary Indigenous housing, and urban or community settings within the context of any entirely new way of ‘doing business’ in this space.

A descendant of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, Kerry’s work has brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Environmental Science, Kerry has held senior positions including Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia, CEO of the Lowitja Institute, and Director of Indigenous Health Research at Monash University.

With an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research, Kerry has led a wide range of organisations and committees including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council and the National Congress of Australia’s First People.

Currently a Director of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce and President of EcoHealth International, Kerry holds an honorary professorial position with the University of Melbourne and has a number of entrepreneurial programs in development.

Reflective Practice, the use of Critical Reflection & Inner Work through the lens of Relational Dynamics. 

How we can cultivate greater self-reflection and self-awareness to support enhanced awareness of the young people and colleagues with whom we work.

Dr Ann Morgan
Relational being. Agency and Equity. Relational Practice in and Educational Setting.

In 2022 Ann has moved into a coaching and consulting role drawing on over three decades of experience as a facilitator, educator and leader in mainstream and Flexi Schools.

She also draws on her varied experiences in community organisations and her doctoral studies on Educator Identity and Development in Flexi Schools.

Ann is particularly interested in personal growth and lifelong learning through critical reflection and inner work, to cultivate greater self-awareness, awareness of others and positive relational dynamics in teams.

She has published articles in a range of academic journals and co-authored book chapters related to Flexi practice. In 2018 she published a book – Different ways of being an Educator: Relational Practice 

to support multidisciplinary practitioners in their work with young people and colleagues.

In her spare time Ann enjoys spending time with family, bushwalking, camping and being in nature. She has recently reconnected with her love of art and creativity through photography, drawing and painting.

Nikki Jones - Local Engagement Officer - Synapse

Every brain injury is different. Emerging evidence is showing that they are often un- or mis-diagnosed and misunderstood. Limited knowledge about brain injuries and how they impact at-risk young people can result in mistreating the effects of brain injury as negative behaviour. How can we, as a community, address these misconceptions and find a path towards better quality of life?

Platform B

Corey White to headline Platform 1225!

With the exciting news that our home-grown talent – Comedian and Author Corey White – will headline then MC our 2022 Platform 1225 Forum, the tone of our event has been set! We are delighted to make this announcement!

There are few voices in comedy and life as unique and potent as Corey White’s. He deals with real life issues and shares his journey through trauma to reach the other side and become a much sought-after Comedian, Public Speaker and now Author of his first Novel: The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory.

Corey is real and raw and has utilised his profound resilience and humour to tell his story and build a new life and career. He understands life from his perspective as a child and young person who experienced both the care system and homelessness. He’s also lived through many of the associated issues the young people and families we work with know all too well.

There are so many reasons that I loved this book but one of them is that, while Corey’s story is extraordinary, his honesty will make it touch anyone with a heart (and that might be the corniest thing that I’ve ever written). Just read it.

Judith Lucy

Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Corey’s story is one of the most powerful I have ever read.

Wil Anderson

Corey is an inspiration to all young people and those of all ages. He reminds us that hanging in there and being yourself whilst being true to your story really matters! In a very short time he has won the respect and acclaim of many in Australia, including our comedy greats. His comedy and political satire is loved, as is his recently released book; The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory.

2022 Program Details Coming Soon!!

Platform 1225 2022 Forum’s Purpose

Platform 1225 is an annual Forum of QYHC. Having a safe place to call home is a fundamental right. We are clear that homelessness and social exclusion is about poverty and disadvantage.

These are factors that impact many in our society from time to time and can be changed. As an organisation, we aim for holistic responses with regard to the wellbeing of all in our society and systems. This is particularly so for children and young people who experience life and our systems through a specific developmental and experiential lens.

Platform 1225 is a Forum for all to come together across government and non-government sectors to address these vital issues.

Will You Partner With Queensland Youth Housing Coalition & Become Part of the Solution?

In 2022, the focus of Platform 1225 will be “Truth, advocacy and systemic reform whilst acknowledging power imbalances and factors of social inequality”. Within this context we recognise that we are 232 years post the Colonisation of Australia, a foremost issue to address when talking about social inequality, truth and systemic reform. This will be highlighted through presentations at Platform 1225.

We also recognise that post the findings of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in Institutions and our endeavours to ensure that such atrocities don’t occur again we need to talk about what it is that we have to offer now to make a difference to the experiences of those who speak out. What can we do today to make sure history and previous patterns are not repeated?

Practitioners and leaders in this sphere intend ethical practice from the outset. What happens to those who are taken off that path? How can we ensure that ethical practice remains a key focus at all times in our government and non-government organisations?

These are some of the issues that Platform 1225 2022 will address through the expert voices of presenters and young people.

Platform 1225 Presentations

We have a number of presenters who are concerned with truth, fairness and accountability. To be beholden to these ideals is admirable. What happens when those upholding them become as traumatised as those they are advocating on behalf of? Advocacy isn’t a simple process. The following presenters tackle these matters:

Professor Kerry Arabena

Reimagining Indigenous Housing, Health and Wealth:

The Necessary Ecological Response to Unlock the Potential in the Indigenous Estate.

It is widely recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereon Indigenous) peoples have a holistic conception of physical and mental health and wellbeing underpinned by core cultural values and perspectives, healing practices and traditions designed to strengthen collective identity and cultural continuity, and that have sustained Indigenous peoples for millennia.

It is less widely recognised that Australia’s Indigenous peoples have an equally long tradition of architecture, urban design and related economic activity that cannot be meaningfully separated from this, and that have provided a platform for culturally continuity lasting tens of thousands of years. While taking contemporary standards of ‘housing for health’ and construction standards and overcrowding as a starting point, and fully recognising their important physical and mental health and wellbeing implications, this presentation also considers the ‘housing for culture’ and ‘housing for wealth’ dimensions to housing and community.

As such it adopts an empowerment-based approach and requires Indigenous people, families and communities to be at the centre of the co-design of contemporary Indigenous housing, and urban or community settings within the context of any entirely new way of ‘doing business’ in this space.

A descendant of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, Kerry’s work has brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Environmental Science, Kerry has held senior positions including Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia, CEO of the Lowitja Institute, and Director of Indigenous Health Research at Monash University.

With an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research, Kerry has led a wide range of organisations and committees including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council and the National Congress of Australia’s First People. Currently a Director of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce and President of EcoHealth International, Kerry holds an honorary professorial position with the University of Melbourne and has a number of entrepreneurial programs in development.

Dr Alistair Ping

Human Behaviour and the Slippery Slope of Accepting Justification

How do we understand anti-social behaviours in a way that doesn’t vilify the person exhibiting these behaviours but rather, offers all a platform for understanding and alleviating the significant harm that could be caused? How do we mitigate against the offenders that are first time offenders and cause harm, without being risk averse or punitive? What are the key considerations in running organisations and systems that support decency and cooperation? How can we thwart offensive or offending behaviours?

Dr Alistair Ping is Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s Graduate School of Business. As he works through these questions that impact many in our society, he notes that research shows that our ability to think rationally is significantly diminished as soon as challenging personal, situational and contextual influences are added.

“No amount of training in character or values will prevent an unethical outcome if a person is willing to justify their behaviour using a flawed justification which neutralises their values. The challenge is to help people improve their ability to recognise these flawed justifications so that they can prevent unintentionally creating a bad outcome.”

Dr Ping will talk to the complexities of human behaviour and the need to stay true to ethics, advocacy, truth and decency and what it takes to do so. Strategies for ensuring organisations and systems that are focused on holistic wellbeing and positive outcomes remain true to their vision whilst recognising risk, without being risk averse, will be discussed.

Dr Lindy Annakin

The Complexities of Speaking Truth to Power

What happens in a system that is intent on client centred service delivery and does so within a large bureaucratic environment that often adds layers of complexity to client centred practice? What happens when we are intent on implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the environments noted for causing the harm have similar impediments in current circumstances to those in place when atrocities occurred? What happens when whistle-blowers are vilified and those perpetrating harm are protected? Much as the major institutions did when faced with those who spoke out against them.

In January 2020 almost all companies were mandated to implement a whistleblowing policy – and it is recommended for all organisations. What does that mean for clients, practitioners and organisations?

When we look at truth and whistleblowing in our society, we know all too well that it is often difficult to speak truth to power, to reveal poor practices and wrongdoing to those who have authority to deal with it. Personal integrity often comes at a cost. What is the role of leadership in supporting and protecting whistle-blowers and what difference can this make?

What has actually changed in the process between abuses the Royal Commission uncovered and our realities today?

Dr Lindy Annakin unpacks these questions. She’s dedicated her life and her work to honesty and truth and finding ways through complex systems to permit those telling their stories to be heard. She enabled this process through her PhD on Whistleblowing entitled: In the Public Interest or Out of Desperation?

She’s further advanced her work through various roles in the government and non-government sector and as the lead writer of the out-of-home care chapter of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse. Dr Annakin is also the Coordinator of the Children in Care Collective.

Karl Lacis – Social Worker

Dovetail – Shifting Our Gaze

Dovetail to launch their much-anticipated Youth AOD Safety Support Plan. In response to concerns raised by youth housing and residential care workers regarding problematic alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, Dovetail has developed a safety support plan for high risk AOD use. This has entailed significant input from sector colleagues and young people. It aims to assist sector workers in responding to high risk AOD concerns like managing intoxication, the binge/crash cycle and risky behaviours which include: criminal, sexual exploitation and injecting drug use.

This practice tool for AOD safety and harm reduction planning is an important resource for the youth sector and all who work with clients who experience problematic AOD use.

Karl began his professional career in OoHC residential care services which he describes as a really down to earth way to get into youth work, and challenging! His interest in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services arena led him to work in AOD residential rehabilitation settings and Karl has worked in youth alcohol and drug sectors in direct practice through to service management roles both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

More recently he has worked in Queensland’s child, youth and family support sector on workforce planning and development initiatives. In his current social work role at Dovetail, Karl enjoys travelling and meeting workers across Queensland, sharing work experiences and perspectives and delivering relevant, upbeat training.

Chris Hartley

Chris Hartley is a Research Fellow at CSI UNSW with a research focus in housing and homelessness and expertise in social housing policy, outcomes measurement in specialist homelessness services, homelessness and trauma, and research co-design with people who have a lived experience of homelessness.’

Chris is a qualitative researcher with high level skills in interviewing, fieldwork and qualitative data analysis. He has participated in numerous inquiries and research projects for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), co-authored the Australian Homelessness Monitor 2020 and completed evaluation for state government departments and non-governmental organisations in the areas of housing and homelessness.

Prior to commencing at CSI, Chris had over a decade of experience as an advocate and solicitor in the homelessness sector. Chris is currently on the Board of the Tenants Union of NSW, chair of the Eastern Area Tenants Service, a member of the Homelessness NSW Policy Council and a Board member of the Northern Community Gateway. 

More information on additional presentations is coming soon.

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Calling Presenters!

This is YOUR chance to be part of Platform 1225

As part of the Platform 1225 Forum April 2022, QYHC is calling for Expressions of Interest from organisations or individuals to share innovative programs, research or other developments relevant to the wellbeing of young people. These presentations need to have a focus on advocacy, early intervention and prevention, collaboration and/or systemic reform, with the aim of improving the lives of children, young people, families and communities who face barriers to social inclusion. Expressions of Interest are due December 2021.

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