2014 National Conference

Anglicare Australia National Conference 2014

The Anglicare Australia 2014 National Conference was held at the Hilton on the Park Melbourne on 14-17 September.

The 2014 theme - Strength to strength: ideas that transform – truly encapsulated the work we do within our network; individually we are strong and collectively we are even stronger. We work in hundreds of communities across Australia, responding to the multiple and complex needs of people experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage. As a network we are working towards common goals, collaborating in the development of improved services, and supporting each other in advancing our objectives.


The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
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When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. He is currently Chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84). Later, he was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, concurrently, the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands. His appointment to the High Court came in 1996 and he served 13 years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice. Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by 12 universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded many honorary doctorates.


Strength to Strength: transformative ideas, people and systems

Jill Gallagher is a Gunditjmara woman from western Victoria who has worked within, led and advocated for the Victorian Aboriginal community all her life. Since 1998 this has been through the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, now one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal peak advocacy organisations. As CEO since 2001, Jill has led a major growth in the organisation’s status by working to raise its profile and position it as the key body in addressing Aboriginal health issues. Jill’s influence in improving awareness of health issues and access to dedicated services includes developing the comprehensive Well Persons Health Check program and a Koori maternity service program. Jill advocates with government departments, peak organisations and specialist service providers to enable effective links between agencies to deliver programs.

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Fred Chaney’s hard work in support of often marginalised people has never faltered. As founding co-chair of Reconciliation Australia and an early advocate for Aboriginal voting rights, Fred’s contribution includes establishing the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA and between 1978-80s as Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. For many years, Fred was Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal and, more recently, is Chair of Desert Knowledge Australia and chaired the Board of Central Desert Native Title services. He was instrumental in establishing the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, which supports Indigenous young people to reach their potential. In 1997, Mr Chaney was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia and to the Aboriginal community. In 2014 was made Senior Australian of the Year.

Strengthening consumers' decision making control

Gerard Mansour is Victoria’s first ever Commissioner for Senior Victorians, and a highly respected advocate for the needs of older people. The Commissioner is the chair of a Ministerial Advisory Committee for Senior Victorians (the MACSV) which provides independent advice to the Minister for Ageing on the impacts of policies and programs relating to the participation of senior Victorians. Prior to this appointment, Gerard was the inaugural national CEO of Leading Age Services Australia, CEO of Aged and Community Care Victoria and CEO of Kindergarten Parents Victoria. With over 25 years of leadership experience within the aged and community services sectors, Gerard has contributed to industry capacity building, policy development and enhancement of services for older Australians.

Bending the Arc towards justice

Colleen Pearce is Victoria’s first female Public Advocate, a position she has held since September 2007. She is the guardian of last resort for adults with disabilities in Victoria, and under legislation, she is chair of the Community Visitor boards. Colleen advocates for the human rights and interests of people with a disability and a mental illness, and is outspoken in the significant issues of abuse, neglect and exploitation. She has more than 30 years’ experience managing community and health services in both the government and non-government sectors. Her previous roles include the Director of the Victims support Agency in the Department of Justice, the Director of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania, Executive Director Moreland Hall and Chief Executive Officer of the North Richmond Community Health Centre.

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Simon McKeon is Chairman of CSIRO and Global Poverty Project Australia, Chairman of AMP Limited and was the 2011 Australian of the Year. He is a Director of Red Dust Role Models, a member of the Big Issue Advisory Board and is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government. Simon recently retired from Macquarie Group after a 30 year career culminating in his position as Executive Chairman (Melbourne Office). He previously served as Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Founding President of the Federal Government’s Point Nepean Community Trust.

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Before founding Hootville Communications, Brett de Hoedt worked as a print journalist, talk radio host and publicist with media organisations, including Truth, New Idea, Channel 7, 3AK, The Sunday Age, The Melbourne & Sydney Weeklies and ABC local radio Perth. Brett believes networking is a vital skill and one that doesn’t always come naturally. He has made presentations on networking and career development to many charities and not for profit organisations. He is a regular contributor to non-profit sector journals and is a true believer in the power of communications to create positive change.


Raymond Lemay, Canada
The difference you can make: 10 things you need to know

Raymond Lemay is a CEO, clinician and author. He is currently Executive Director of Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell. Valoris is a multiservice agency for children, teenagers, adults and their families, which provides a single access point for a wide variety of services and programs, including psychosocial interventions, different types of group sessions, alternative living environments, community integration activities, child protection services and more. Raymond has worked in social services for more than 30 years, developing expert knowledge of program quality evaluation, organisational development and management, and in the conceptualisation and development of service systems. As a consultant, evaluator, trainer and "animateur", he has worked in Alberta, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario; in eight American states and in Australia, Norway, Iceland, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. He is widely published, and is the former editor of the International Social Role Valorization Journal. Front line services workers and managers get a lot of direction, have to comply with many government and agency requirements, and must report on how well risk is managed and so on. If they get training, it will be in this or that ritualised approach of service where they must ensure fidelity to a recipe book of service processes. There seems to be little time left over for spending time with clients, and service is often specialised and split amongst service teams that there is little opportunity to see if any of the effort makes a difference.

MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 11.30am – 1.00pm

Partnerships that transform: the headspace Maitland story
Fiona Duignan, Community Services Manager, Allied Health & Therapy Services and Liz Vause, Clinical Care Coordinator, headspace Maitland, Samaritans Foundation

Partners in Recovery (PIR) Tasmania: platforms for transformation – real change starts with our practice
Trish Hickey, Area Manager, PIR North/North West and Andrew Davis, Anglicare Tasmania

Working with traumatised children and their families: the Anglicare NESTS Way
Dannii Norton, Early Years Specialist, NESTS, Anglicare Tasmania and Miranda McLaughlin, long-term NESTS participant

Transforming education attainment for children in home-based and residential care – Anglicare Victoria’s TEACHaR program
Laura David, Research Officer, Policy Research & Innovation Unit and Andrea Dwyer, Senior Service Manager, Placement and Support-Eastern Region, and Victoria Bramell-White, Anglicare Victoria

Becoming a professional with presence
Brett de Hoedt, Hootville Communications

Loitering with intent: holistic care in exceptional circumstances
The Rev’d Ken Bechaz, Staff Support Chaplain and former Chaplain to resident of Ian George Court and Elayne Nicholson, Manager, Ian George Court, Anglicare SA

Exploring the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion
Peter Burke, Director of Mission and Anglican Community Engagement, Anglicare SA, Mark McCracken, Chaplaincy and Church Partnerships, Anglicare WA; Doug Edmonds, Board Member, Anglicare Tasmania

TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 11.15am – 12.45pm

Transforming residential care and developing therapeutic spaces for young people
Nada Vindis, Program Manager, Residential Services, Northern Region and Blythe McAuley, Team Leader, Therapeutic Programs, Australian Childhood Foundation

Move, Groove and Grow
Louise Cunningham, Manager of Move, Groove and Grow program, Anglicare Victoria

A small team making a big impact – Anglicare Tasmania’s response to people impacted by the 2013 Forcett bushfires
Emma Dillon, Coordinator of Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaM) Sorrell and Family Mental Health Support Service Tasmania

You want to do what! – the story of 17 people, 5 boats and a journey towards wellness – River 2 Recovery
Phil Eddy, Senior Manager, Community Programs & Mark Johnstone, Senior Mental Health Recovery Worker, St Luke’s NSW Mental Health Service

Cultural considerations
Mr Chu Chaoyu and Ms Tian Meimei, The Amity Foundation, People’s Republic of China.

Priority setting for older people’s services in a New Zealand Anglican aged care provider – a report on progress
Garry Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Rod Perkins, General Manager Foundation Development & Charitable Activity, Selwyn Foundation

Living lives we have reason to value
Dr Helen Kimberley, Principal Researcher, Retirement & Ageing, Research & Policy Centre and Carolyn Husenovic, Senior Case Manager, Brotherhood Community Care, Brotherhood of St Laurence

TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 1.45am – 3.15pm

Financial literacy means different things to different people
Phillip Powell, Senior Financial Counsellor, Tasmania and Michael Voumard, State Manager, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, Southern Area Manager, Children, Families and Community Services, Anglicare Tasmania

Empowerment and education: money and budgeting in Ireland
Wendy Black, Manager, Financial Counselling, Anglicare WA

Who says you can’t move a coconut tree …
Pania Brown, Service Manager, Anglicare Community & Aged Care Services, Anglicare North Queensland (Townsville)

Getting a life back: supporting former prisoners on the journey to reintegration
Deb Bognar, Supported Reintegration Coordinator, Anglicare Southern Queensland Counselling and Education Services, Catherine Stalley, Anglican Prison Chaplain, and Leanne Wood, Senior Research Leader, Anglicare Southern Queensland Department of Mission and Social Justice

Responding to community needs: ensuring cultural safety and competency
Nicole Gollan, Aboriginal Practice & Support and Rebecca Lee, Manager Foster Care Support Services, Anglicare SA

Falling through the gaps: the true essence of equity
Sonia Waters, Director Aboriginal Services and Kylie Adams, Manager Family Preservation & Reunification, Anglicare SA

Holistic Care in Aged Care
Holistic Care stories - Peter Burke, Director Mission and Anglican Community Engagement, Anglicare SA and the Debra Saffrey-Collins, Acting General Manager for Chaplaincy and Diocesan Partnerships, Brotherhood of St Laurence

The social aspect of meal times
Michael Hillier, Senior Manager and Pauline Meaney, Northern Social Inclusion Coordinator, Brotherhood of St Laurence

WEDNESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2014 | 11.15am – 12.45pm

Consumer engagement: not for the faint hearted
Teresa Hinton, Senior Research & Policy Officer, Social Action & Research Centre (SARC), Anglicare Tasmania, Rachel Horsey, Consumer & Parent Advocates, Family Inclusion Network, Tasmania, and Michael Voumard, Southern Area Manager, Children, Families & Communities, Anglicare Tasmania

Anglicare WA Community Perceptions Survey: family and domestic violence
Victoria Cooke, Family & Domestic Violence consultant and Desiree Nangle, Evaluation Program Manager, Anglicare WA

Integrated service delivery – one agency’s response to deep and persistent disadvantage
Sue King, Director of Advocacy & Research and Michael Mittwollen, Executive Manager south west, Anglicare Sydney

Beyond Supply and Demand: an Anglicare perspective on addressing the complexities of workplace exclusion
Ian Goodwin-Smith, Australian Centre for Community Services Research, Flinders University

Building resilience: walking alongside young people
Susan Richards, Senior Manager, Developmental Learning, Anglicare SA and Ashley, a Reconnect young person

Sexting and the Law
Marinda Smith, Team Leader, Sarah Smethurst, Community Development Worker and Jessica McCartney, Acting Principal Solicitor, Gippsland Community Legal Service

Free money and translational research at Benetas: challenges and opportunities to transform the aged care experience
Dr Amee Morgans, Manager of Innovation, Policy & Research, Benetas

Outcome measurement: can we make it work for everyone?
Jonno Cummins, Acting Manager, Communities for Children and Parentzone Southern and Steve Watkinson, Manager Family Solutions, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula, Anglicare Victoria