What’s on

Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) organises and participates in a number of activities to support and inform our policy, advocacy, consumer and capacity building programs.

Below is information on current and upcoming events. CHP has also produced a 2017 Calendar of Events outlining relevant awareness weeks/days and a list of conferences. Contact Lanie if you have any events you’d like added.

4th May 2017

New Urban Agenda (NUA) Conference

At the United Nations Habitat III conference in October 2016, 167 signatory nations, including Australia, agreed on a new phase of the UN Habitat program called New Urban Agenda (NUA). This conference will explore the implications of the New Urban Agenda and start working towards implementation.  Critical questions for NUA include: How can housing affordability be secured in our major cities? How do we create a future without homelessness. 
For details of the conference and to register go to https://www.nuaconference.com/home.html
Date: 4-5 May 2017
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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15th May 2017

The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference

The 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference this coming May, will cover topics surrounding prevention, treatment and recovery and will include presentations from leading sector specialists, researchers, psychologists and medical practitioners in addition to multiple concurrent streams, poster presentations and workshops.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the booking form at the end of the prospectus and we will send you our media kit.

Date: 15 - 17 May 2017

Where: Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast

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7th June 2017

CEO Jenny Smith speaks at The Wheeler Centre

How do we apply targeted solutions for homeless people with different needs? What is the relationship between homelessness and gentrification? How does media coverage stigmatise and entrench homelessness? What is the ‘Housing First’ theory and how does it work? In a full hour of audience Q&A, CHP CEO Jenny Smith and other homelessness experts, delve into some complex problems that demand urgent solutions.

Date: 7 June 2017
Where: The Wheeler Centre
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29th June 2017

AHURI conference: Affordability and liveability in our cities

Almost two thirds of Australians live in our capital cities and that percentage is projected to grow considerably over the next 40 years. Affordability continues to be a significant issue at all stages of the housing continuum, from those living in social housing, through to private renters, and home owners. Our next AHURI conference, to be held in Melbourne - Australia’s fastest growing city - on Thursday 29 June, will focus on the importance of affordable housing to developing and sustaining productive and liveable cities.

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21st August 2017

The International Mental Health Conference

The 18th International Mental Health Conference will focus on the range of complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians (aged 18 – 24 years) struggling with schizophrenia, depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar, anxiety disorders and drug use and drug induced psychosis.

The conference will also examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.

To confirm your space this year, download the prospectus and return the booking form at the back:

Date: 21-23 August 2017

Where: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland


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13th October 2017

The 9th Australian rural & remote mental health symposium

The 2017 Symposium will be held at the Commercial Club, Albury, NSW from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October 2017. The optional half day of workshops will be held on the Wednesday, with the 2 full symposium days being held on the Thursday and Friday. Join us for keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations the networking function and so much more.

When: 11th - 13th October 2017

Where: Commercial Club, 618 Dean St, Albury

For more information please visit the website

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30th November 1999

Responding to 'Homes for Victorians' -industry collaboration and innovation

The Victorian Government’s Housing Strategy, ‘Homes for Victorians’, sets out a vision and wide-ranging suite of policies that aim to increase the supply of various forms of social and affordable housing.

The Strategy includes funding, financing, planning and land development opportunities that require collaboration and innovation from both the private and not-for-profit sectors, to partner and co-invest.

The Community Housing Federation of Victoria and the Urban Development Institute of Australia invite you to attend an industry forum to learn more about the Strategy.

Event timings:
3.00pm - 5.00pm - event proceedings
5.00pm - 6.30pm - networking drinks and canapes

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