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Speakers at this year’s conference!


David Adams – University of Tasmania

David is the Professor of Management in Innovation at the University of Tasmania and Professor in the Australian Innovation Research Centre. He was head of strategy in the Premier’s Department in Victoria with the Brack’s Government and was instrumental in establishing the Department for Victorian Communities and the Governments social policy framework ‘A Fairer Victoria’. David researches and publishes widely on the changing nature of communities and the importance of local knowledge to social and economic innovation.  He was the inaugural Social Inclusion Commissioner for Tasmania and as Chair of the Food Security Council developed the first State Government food security strategy in Australia.


Nairn Walker – Social Solutions

Nairn Walker has worked across Australia, New Zealand, the US and the UK with over fifty thousand professionals to raise awareness into the issues presented by economic disadvantage at every level of society. Her audiences have ranged from politicians, corporations and police, to doctors, welfare workers and family support professionals. Nairn has been engaged with Dr Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty for fifteen years and has over twenty years’ experience in community development. She has a passionate commitment to social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and the raising of awareness and understanding of achieving outcomes, through the sharing of strategies that make a difference.




Ajahn Brahm - Buddhist Society of Western Australia

Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (known to most as Ajahn Brahm) was born Peter Betts in London in 1951. He came from a working-class background after graduating in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University in the late 1960s, he trained with the Venerable Ajahn Chah Bodhinyana Mahathera in Thailand during which he compiled an English-language guide to the Buddhist monastic code - the Vinaya. He was invited to Perth by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia to assist Ajahn Jagaro in teaching duties.  Currently the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, Ajahn Brahm is the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Societies of Victoria and South Australia, Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore.

Kate Wheller - Community Information & Support Victoria

Kate is the Executive Officer of Community Information & Support Victoria (CISVic), the peak body for generalist support services. She has worked in the community sector since 2001, and prior to that in the corporate sector. Her community based roles have included direct service delivery in a range of settings, coordination of an Emergency Relief service, and program management.  Kate is passionate about the emergency relief sector; in the key role it plays in supporting socially and financially excluded people in personal and financial crisis; its capacity to assist people falling through the gaps; and its volunteer participation. She has relished the opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of professional case work in the emergency relief setting, a model which has enhanced support services and improved client outcomes.

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Other speakers

Pamela Bond – Financial Counsellor at MIDLAS on Integration & Partnerships in the Emergency Relief sector   

Kris Halliday - Director Doorway Perth and Jo Ineson - Manager Children’s Services from The Salvation Army to present tips and learnings from their Doorways Balga program.

Faisal Khan -Team Leader at Red Cross to outline good case practices with their Migration Support Programs.

Candelle Nestor – Program Officer at WACOSS to showcase ways to expand the power of local networks through the sectors online platform DropIN

Navigating and Collaborating with Aboriginal Services - Various Aboriginal Services to present
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