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Session to highlight ‘circuit breakers’ that allow people experiencing mental health issues to overcome barriers to housing instability

Panel to examine practice focussed examples of best practice in linking mental health and housing services.

22 January 2020

Trajectories, is a national study from AHURI and Mind Australia, to develop a clearer understanding of the relationships between the housing and mental health pathways of people with mental health issues in order to identify potential points of practical intervention and key issues for system improvement.

The final report from the Trajectories project will be launched at the AHURI and Mind Australia one-day conference Housing: the foundation for mental health in Sydney on 19 February. During the conference, the session Circuit breakers: Changing the course, what works to break the circuit, aims to provide examples of programs and interventions that successfully link housing, mental health and other needed supports to enable people to stabilise their situation and commence on the path to recovery.

The session aims to highlight some of the ‘circuit breakers’ that allow people experiencing mental ill-health and housing instability to overcome the barriers, both personal and systemic, that impede recovery. The panel will explore examples and critical success factors of effective programs and will identify barriers to effective support and opportunities to address these barriers. Panellists will question what is needed, practically and in policy terms, to change for the better trajectories for those experiencing housing instability and mental ill-health.

Panel members for this session include

  • Mark Heeney, National Manager Innovation and Growth—Accommodation Operations, Mind Australia will provide an overview of NDIS Supported Independent Living (SIL) packages including the eligibility criteria for the packages and Mind Australia’s approach to providing SIL packages to people with a psychosocial disability.
  • David Pruden, Launch Housing and Co Health Central City collaborative program will provide a short overview of the Homeless Outreach Mental Health and Housing Service (HOMHS). HOMHS is an Inner West Area Mental Health Services, Launch Housing and Co Health collaborative program which draws on Housing First principles while addressing the complexity of needs experienced by long term rough sleepers with severe and enduring mental ill-health.

Mark and David will be joined by other panel members Ashley Perez, Executive Manager, Children & Homelessness, Anglicare NT; Karyn Walsh, CEO, Micah Projects and Alan Broad, Area Manager, Fortitude Valley Housing Service Centre.

Housing: the foundation for mental health will be on February 19 2020 at the Mercure hotel in Sydney.

To register for the event, please visit the event page on the AHURI website.