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Driving change: the role and identity of not-for-profit community service organisations
Karl Wilding, Director Public Policy, National Council Volunteer Organisations (NCVO)


Recovery, Organisation and Systemic Change                                                                                     

Personal Budgets: Concerns, Questions and Challenges – some thoughts from the UK
Dr Rachel Perkins OBE

Recognition of Aboriginal people in Australia’s constitution: The possibility for Aboriginal advancement    
Mr Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Collaboration and integration: holistic approaches to addressing homelessness and housing affordability

Chair: Chris Twomey, Director Social Policy, WACOSS                                                                             

Making the response to homelessness a part of the broader agenda to end disadvantage
Liz Forsyth, Lead Partner, Social Policy, KPMG

Housing affordability – the real cost of housing in WA
Professor Alan Duncan, Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

East Kimberley Development Package (EKDP) Transitional Housing Program
Ruth Charles, Project Manager, Department of Housing

‘Advance to Zero’ – The development of a national campaign by the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness
Francis Lynch, CEO, Ruah Community Services; President, ACOSS
Keith Bryant, Board Member, Australian Alliance to End Homelessness

Engaging young leaders on community boards                                                                               
Dr Nicky Howe, CEO, Southcare
Alicia Curtis, Leadership Facilitator/Consultant

A cultural focus for resilient native title corporations
Simon Hawkins, CEO, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation

Not for profit and proud of it - is the corporate governance framework the right model to measure ourselves against?
Lyn Levy, Director Sector Services and Development, WACOSS

Building better partnerships through collaborative working                                                                            
Shona Robertson, Coordinator – A Good Life, St Bartholomew’s House

Kathleen Agnew, Youth Worker, Passages Resource Centre/Tom Fisher House

A case management approach – changing lives
Clare Brady, Senior Manager, Ruah Community Services
Sarah Vujcich, Acting Team Senior, Ruah Women's Support Service

Little Program - Big Difference – ‘how accommodation and support services empower mothers to transition from prison to a home’

Lianne Sylvester, Caseworker- Accommodation and Support Services Program, Uniting Care West

Linking research to practice – how an agency in WA is working towards better outcomes for vulnerable families
Pauline Dixon, Executive Manager, Wanslea

Keeping our eye on the prize – blinkers and bifocals. The highs and lows of the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum
Dr Karin MacArthur, Community Partnership Broker, South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum                
Michael Piu, Chief Operations Officer, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre
Glenn Mace, District Director, Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Gail Bowman, Manager, Human Services, City of Cockburn
Dylan Smith, Executive Officer, Fremantle Foundation

Intersectoral relationship building – enhancing collaboration between local mental health and alcohol and other drug services in Perth
Leanne Mirabella, Project Coordinator, Palmerston, Outcare and DAWN Capacity Building Project (PODCaB)

Partners in recovery – delivering services in partnership
Adrian Munro, Executive Manager Operations, Richmond Fellowship WA

Our People ‘If you pay peanuts...’ - responsive not-forprofit remuneration without the ‘monkey-ing around’
Richard Tagiston, Manager, Bunbury Community Legal Centre                                                                 

Managing employment issues and the new anti-bullying laws
Brian Jackson, Senior Associate, DLA Piper

Social Media & IR The fine line between workplace and the personal - how Social Media has changed the goal posts in IR
Rachel Cosentino, Practice Group Leader, Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Sector sustainability – a people powered response to rising energy prices and climate change                

Andrea Pape, Project Manager, The Give Grid, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Optimising children’s readiness to learn through mediating social disadvantage – exploring models of best practice
Dr Anna Targowska, Lecturer, Edith Cowan University                                                                                        

Intergenerational Learning for CaLD Families within Community Neighbourhood, and Learning Centres; means to improved skills and greater integration
Jane Chilcott, CEO, Linkwest
Mihaela Nicolescu, Centre Development Officer, Linkwest
Rebecca Davies, Centre Development Manager, Linkwest

Vocational Inclusion - working between 2 cultures
Anju Sivarajah, Project Officer, Ruah Community Services
Barbara McGillivray, Indigenous Employment & Training Manager, TR7’s Indigenous Employment & Training

Harnessing the skills and capacities of new migrants to combat social isolation
Teri O’Toole, Senior Manager, Australian Red Cross

Act to Connect - community partnerships to combat loneliness                                                              
Jillian Obiri-Boateng, Manager Community Support Services, City of Rockingham

Emergence of change through collaboration in services to children
Andrea Highman, Coordinator Communities for Children, Communicare
Rebekah Milnes, Community Development Coordinator, City of Armadale

Western Australian Family Support Networks – partnerships in action
Misty Hayden, Executive Manager, Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Kris Gorbert, Assessment and Support Officer - Provisional Psychologist, Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc), Armadale Family Support Network

Strengthening homelessness services in Western Australia                                                                          
Chantal Roberts, Executive Officer, Shelter WA
Shae Garwood, Senior Research and Policy Officer, Shelter WA

The Service Prioritisation Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT)
Maria Leebeek, Project Worker, Innovation Research and Evaluation, Micah Projects
Ros Mulley, Executive Manager, Ruah Community Services

Innovation in social housing supply
Garry Ellender, CEO, Access Housing Australia Ltd

Indigenous Home Ownership program
Michele Brett, Transitional Housing Support Coordinator, Wunan

The transition to self-directed services means that organisations need to transition a lot of their administrative systems to include elements such as marketing their services, invoicing service users, and more

Sue Ash, CEO, Uniting Care West
Gordon Trewern, CEO, Nulsen Disability Services
Adrian Munro, Executive Manager Operations, Richmond Fellowship WA

This session will provide a high level overview of the space of social finance; looking at impact bonds and more, presented by experts in the field                                                                                                                  

Sandra Nugent, Manager, Strategy and Development, Foresters Community Finance
Paul Flatau, Director, Centre Social Impact (CSI)
Jenna Palumbo, Director, Social Ventures Australia


SRO I- challenges and lessons in the journey to measuring impact                                                               
Fadzi Mutambiranwa, Diversity Consultant, CommunityWest
Melita Markey

Results Based Accountability - turning the curve for Western Australians. Building a culture of measurement in a large not-for-profit organisation - findings from 2.5 years of implementation
Desiree Nangle, Evaluation Project Manager, Anglicare WA

Benchmarking back of house services – a step towards closer collaboration between government and the third sector
Maryann Hazard, Principal, Nous Group
Aaron Maher, Principal, Nous Group

Integrated Planning and Reporting                                                                                                               
Troy Daniels, Project Manager - Capacity Building, Department of Local Government and Communities

A connected community - Cockburn community plans and community engagement in action
Gail Bowman, City of Cockburn

G20 Summit – Jobs and Growth
Lockie Cooke, Founder and CEO, Indigenous Communities Education & Awareness Foundation (ICEA)
Access to a pool of talented young people, passionate about social impact
Wasim Mohamed, President, AIESEC

Respectful relationships - students making a difference
Terri Aldridge, Project Officer, Woman’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services
Julie Jackman, Community Arts Officer, Woman’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services

The WA NDIS My Way Trial - keeping it local! The next step in a journey towards more person centred, local and inclusive support for people with disability
Robyn Massey, Disability Services Commission                                                                                         

Are consumers the centre-piece of your organisation? Creating a consumercentred organisational culture
Louise Forster, Senior Consultant, CommunityWest Inc.

Assistance with Care & Housing for the Aged (ACHA) – changing services to individualised models/sharing best practices
Amanda Davis, Team Leader SW Community Services, Carer
Support, Family & Practical Support, Australian Red Cross

Developing Reconciliation Action Plans for community organisations - attraction and retention of Aboriginal staff
Ryan Wiggins, RAP Program Manager & Senior Impact Research Officer, Reconciliation Australia                
Tamika Townsend, RAP Project Officer, Reconciliation Australia

Cultural communication and the community sector profiting from cultural competence resources in the Aged and Disability Sector
Mary Gurgone, Director, Education & Training, Fortis Consulting
Laurie Burns, General Manager, People Services, Brightwater Care Group
Therese De Luce, Manager, Strategic Learning and Growth, Brightwater Care Group
Margaret Antonucci, Manager Training and Development Juniper – a Uniting Church Community


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