The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) – in conjunction with the National Complex Needs Alliance (NCNA) – is holding the Second National Complex Needs Conference in Canberra on 17-18 November 2015. This will be the second Australian conference to showcase successful programs/approaches in addressing complex needs – with the broader purpose of identifying what works and how. The first conference in 2013 was a huge success – leading to the establishment of the NCNA.
You can register to attend online at: https://phaa.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/second-national-complex-needs-conference/2ncncwebsite
Keynote speakers at the conference include:
Dr Tom Calma AO, National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking; Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia
TOPIC: Justice Reinvestment – is it the policy solution for Australia’s Indigenous incarceration challenge?
Bernadette Mitcherson, Executive Director, ACT Corrective Services
TOPIC: Throughcare programs and initiatives for detainees with complex needs in the ACT
Kate Carnell AO, CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry
TOPIC: A hand up, not a hand out – how the business community can support disadvantaged Australians to re-enter the labour market
Kieran Palmer, Clinical Service Manager, Psychologist, Ted Noffs Foundation
TOPIC: Embracing the potential of youth: Integrated treatment approaches to improving outcomes and supporting greatness
Sue Miers AM, Chair, National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD)
TOPIC: Comprehensive responses to the needs of children and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Day 2 of the conference will also feature an Opening Address by Yvette Berry MLA, ACT Minister for Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Community Services, Multicultural Affairs, Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality
TOPIC: ACT Government’s Human Services Blueprint and the related Strengthening Families and Local Services Network initiatives
Among the other features of the conference program is a Hypothetical Plenary Panel Session – entitled ‘Great expectations – can we meet complex need effectively?’ – which will feature panellists with different perspectives and expertise exploring options for providing comprehensive assistance to a hypothetical family with complex needs. The hypothetical will also be followed by a political perspectives panel session rounding off the speaker program with key federal politicians participating in a moderated discussion with other panellists and the audience.
The full Provisional Program for the conference is available at:
We are seeking your support in attending the conference – and encouraging your colleagues and networks to also attend – to build on the previous successful event and provide a strong framework for continuing cross-sectoral engagement to achieve better long term outcomes for people with complex needs.
Please forward this email to others you think may be interested in attending.