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Join three of America’s top homelessness researchers for this informative and challenging half-day forum.
With expertise in economics, sociology and clinical work, the presenters have each been influential in setting American policy directions. Together, they have helped shape the way homelessness is understood in the US. This is an opportunity to hear three unique perspectives on the challenges and lessons learned from tackling homelessness in the US, and for practitioners and policymakers to reflect upon the relevance of these ideas for service delivery and practice in Australia.
The Australian Housing System – What are the Challenges?
Emeritus Professor Gavin Wood (RMIT University)
Associate Professor Stephen Metraux
Integrating administrative datasets to identify trends among the homeless population in the US Stephen is the Director of the Health Policy Program at the University of Sciences, Pennsylvania and Deputy Director of Research, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Associate Professor Stefan Kertesz
Housing First: A case of overreaching? Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc is a physician in internal medicine and addiction medicine. He has a 20-year history of delivering and researching health care and services for homeless individuals. Presently based at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he is an Associate Professor at University of Alabama School of Medicine.
Professor Dan O’Flaherty
Assessments and assignments: Small issues and big ones, too Brendan (Dan) O’Flaherty is a Professor of Economics at Columbia University, New York. He has published widely in the area of homelessness and is the author of Making Room: The Economics of Homelessness (1998) and The Economics of Race in the United States (2015).
Reflections on the Australian scene
Professor David Ribar (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne) and Jenny Smith (Council to Homeless Persons) lead a discussion drawing together the ideas of the day.
- Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University
- Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne
- Victorian Council of Social Services
- The Council to Homeless Persons
Registration and bookings
This is a free event however registration is necessary for catering purposes. Please RSVP via Eventbrite