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STREAT Programs - Entree
1st April 2014
  by STREAT

STREAT is a not for profit social enterprise aimed at helping marginalised young people make positive change in their lives. STREAT offer a range of programs to young people aged between 16-25 years who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness or are otherwise disadvantaged. The Entrée program is a work experience-only option for people wanting to access unpaid hospitality focused work experience as part of another course or program, or just give working with coffee and food (and STREAT!) a try before committing to a longer program.

STREAT Programs - Entree
1st April 2014
  by STREAT

STREAT is a not for profit social enterprise aimed at helping marginalised young people make positive change in their lives. STREAT offer a range of programs to young people aged between 16-25 years who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness or are otherwise disadvantaged. The Entrée program is a work experience-only option for people wanting to access unpaid hospitality focused work experience as part of another course or program, or just give working with coffee and food (and STREAT!) a try before committing to a longer program.

STREAT Programs - Main Course
1st April 2014
  by STREAT

STREAT is a not for profit social enterprise aimed at helping marginalised young people make positive change in their lives. STREAT offer a range of programs to young people aged between 16-25 years who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness or are otherwise disadvantaged. Main Course is a two part fully supported program including on-the-job training and mentoring, a life skills group program, creative and social engagement and individualised wrap-around case support (including linkages to specialist service providers).

 

Transport disadvantage and low-income rental housing
1st April 2014
  by AHURI

This project will provide empirical measures of the extent and effects of transport disadvantage associated with changing spatial concentrations of lower-income rental housing in Melbourne and Sydney; and will assist housing policy-makers to engage with new transport research that offers opportunities for affordable policy interventions to alleviate this disadvantage.

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Do current measures of housing affordability reflect wellbeing?
1st April 2014
  by AHURI

This Research and Policy Bulletin provides details of the key findings and policy implications from the completed AHURI research project Housing stress and household wellbeing in Australia.

"Can you please help me? How can we live?": Emergency relief and crisis support for asylum seekers
31st March 2014
  by Robert Gruhn - UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmanian Unit

Asylum seekers living in the community are at serious risk of disadvantage, isolation and marginalisation, argues this report, which outlines the emergency relief services and other related support to asylum seekers provided by UnitingCare agencies.

Link to document: http://apo.org.au/research/can-you-please-help-me-how-can-we-live-unitingcare’s-emergency-relief-and-crisis-support?utm_source=Australian+Policy+Online+Weekly+Briefing&utm_campaign=49546bd6be-Policy_O

Registration form for ICMS March High and Complex Breakfast Seminar
25th March 2014
  by Intensive Case Management Service

Registration form for upcoming March High and Complex Breakfast Seminar

SASHS Job Application Form
24th March 2014
  by SASHS Western

SASHS Job Application form for Community Tenancy Worker position

FRMP Approved Training Calendar
19th March 2014
  by Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP)

FRMP Approved Training Calendar, as part of FRMP's training scholarships

Difficulties faced by people living with mental illness accessing and maintaining Social Housing
19th March 2014
  by Public Interest Advocacy Centre Ltd.

This research paper explores the strong relationship between homelessness and mental illness, and the impact that has on maintaining social housing

Policy as punishment: asylum seekers in the community without the right to work
4th March 2014
  by Lisa Hartley and Caroline Fleay: Centre for Human Rights Education

This research paper details the experiences of 29 asylum seekers who were released from immigration detention in Australia into community-based arrangements with no right to work and limited entitlements. This paper aims to elevate the experiences of asylum seekers living in the community without the right to work. It is important that the voices of those most affected by government policies are heard. While some argue that democratically elected governments have a mandate to implement the asylum policies they outlined prior to an election,8 decision makers must also consider the impacts of these policies on asylum seekers themselves. Governments retain vast powers to decide the fate of asylum seekers who arrive at the borders. This ‘asymmetry of power’ has too often meant that policies have been adopted in Australia that ignore the right of people fleeing persecution to seek asylum. These policies have also been adopted despite the existence of research that documents the harm created by earlier such policies.

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Responding to challenges of misuse of alcohol and other drugs by young people of refugee backgrounds
18th February 2014
  by Foundation House

This Foundation House report shares reflections from two projects initiated in Western Melbourne in 2010 in response to concerns that mainstream services encountered difficulties engaging young people from refugee backgrounds. It draws on the experience of the host organisations and the literature to offer recommendations for the consideration of policy makers, service providers and staff to enable them to work more effectively with young people of refugee backgrounds who may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol and drug misuse.

Education Funding Options
17th February 2014
  by School Focused Youth Service

This resource has been developed to inform schools and agencies about education related financial assiatance available for low income families.

Austin Health: CAMHS Professional Development Seminar Series 2014
17th February 2014
  by Austin Health Children and Adult Mental Health Service

These seminars are intended to provide an introduction and overview of a range of mental health conditions affecting children and adolescents. They are aimed primarily at school professionals (e.g., teachers, student welfare co-ordinators etc) who wish to increase their understanding of mental health conditions and issues which may be impacting on students. However, community clinicians, mental health workers, youth workers and others professionals will also find these seminars very beneficial.

StreetCount research program 2013
4th February 2014
  by City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne’s StreetCount research program began in 2008 and utilises teams of volunteers to locate and count people sleeping rough in the parks and streets of Melbourne on an annual early morning basis.

The cost of homelessness and the net cost of homelessness programs: a national study
4th February 2014
  by AHURI

This project explored the effect homelessness programs have on the potential to yield substantial cost savings particularly in health and justice service areas and the use of social welfare services.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p82014

DVRCV Training Calendar Semester 1 2014‏
22nd January 2014
  by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

The DVRCV Training Calendar for Semester 1 2014 is now available‏

Public housing stock transfers in Australia: past, present and prospective
21st January 2014
  by AHURI

This project looked at transfers in three jurisdictions (New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria) and involved in-depth interviews with stakeholders and focus groups with former public housing tenants that transferred to not-for-profit landlords.

SUMITT's 2014 Training Calendar
21st January 2014
  by SUMITT

SUMITT's 2014 Training Calendar is now available.

Specialist Homelessness Services
17th December 2013
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

In 2012-13 specialist homelessness services assisted over 244,000 clients. Of these clients, 54% were at risk of homelessness, and 46% were already homeless when they first began receiving support (22% of those who were homeless had no shelter or were living in an improvised dwelling). This report presents the findings of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for 2012-13, and describes the clients who received specialist homelessness support, the assistance they sought and were provided, and the outcomes achieved for those clients.

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Developing client-based analyses for reporting on the alcohol and other drug treatment services
9th December 2013
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper outlines intended analysis techniques to estimate the number and rate of clients receiving alcohol and other drug treatment, to explore patterns of drug use and pathways through treatment, and to explore the characteristics of different client groups.

Diverting Indigenous offenders from the criminal justice system
7th December 2013
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This resource sheet reviews evidence for the functioning and effectiveness of various diversionary programs in the context of Indigenous contact with the justice systems.

National Social Housing Survey: detailed results 2012
5th December 2013
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

The 2012 National Social Housing Survey (NSHS) is the most recent in a series of surveys of social housing tenants and their experiences. The 2012 NSHS sampled tenants of public housing (PH); state owned and managed Indigenous housing (SOMIH) and community housing (CH) programs. An overview of the national findings was published in May 2013 in National Social Housing Survey 2012: a summary of national results. This report provides national level analyses, state and territory comparisons and comparisons across programs.

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Homelessness across Australia: the Salvation Army’s response
2nd December 2013
  by The Salvation Army

This report brings together a national data snapshot of Salvation Army homelessness services and the people assisted on a daily basis.

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A Contributing Life: the 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
2nd December 2013
  by National Mental Health Commission

The second Report Card continues the National Mental Health Commission's commitment for change, building upon the foundations and whole of life scope established in the inaugural Report Card, A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, released exactly 12 months ago.

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A prospective homelessness research agenda
27th November 2013
  by AHURI

A prospective homelessness research agenda
AHURI has released a document which summarises the key features of an evidence-base required to inform a national reform agenda on homelessness.

The edges of home ownership
25th November 2013
  by AHURI

The edges of home ownership are usually examined in terms of entry (affordability), sustainability (risk of exit through financial stress), and utility (retirees trading-out for asset-based welfare). However, this research shows there is considerable 'churn' at the edges of home ownership in all age groups. Patterns and policy implications are explored in this project.

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Mental health and the National Disability Insurance Scheme: position paper
15th November 2013
  by Mental Health Council of Australia

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a major opportunity to deliver much-needed services and support for people with a range of disabilities. The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) supports the NDIS, especially given the bi-partisan commitment to increasing funding to support people with significant ongoing disabilities over the next few years. It is absolutely appropriate that the scheme includes people with a psychosocial disability related to mental illness. However, the MHCA has strong concerns about the implications of the scheme for mental health consumers, carers and service providers. These concerns relate to the design of the NDIS, the status of existing services, and the likely impact on future mental health programs. This position paper outlines the current challenges and provides some suggestions on how to resolve them.

Human Rights and Domestic Violence - WORKPLACE- Fact Sheets
11th November 2013
  by Human Rights Law Centre

Domestic violence is a violation of women’s human rights and governments have an obligation to take reasonable and effective measures to prevent, investigate, punish and redress domestic violence. Human rights arguments and domestic and international complaints mechanisms can be used to advocate for individual women and to support arguments for changes to law, policy and practice.

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Human Rights and Domestic Violence HOUSING Fact Sheet
11th November 2013
  by Human Rights Law Centre

Domestic violence is a violation of women’s human rights and governments have an obligation to take reasonable and effective measures to prevent, investigate, punish and redress domestic violence. Human rights arguments and domestic and international complaints mechanisms can be used to advocate for individual women and to support arguments for changes to law, policy and practice.

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