Posted 30-11-2018
Lotus Times Special Edition - November 2018

A Special Edition of the Lotus Times to mark and record the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse as presented by Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten.

Posted 31-10-2018
The Poverty Trap Impacting Older Women

Presentation by Natasha Doherty, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics at the 'Women and Poverty' Forum, October 2018.

“Poverty is not caused only by individual circumstances, but also by major inequalities built into the structure of Australian society. Some of the main causes of this inequality and poverty are access to work and income, education, housing, health and community services”.

Source: Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) (2011). Poverty and its Causes. Poverty Report Update, page 8.

Posted 18-10-2018
Lotus Times Special Edition

A special edition of Lotus Times to provide a snapshot of the Queensland Parliament’s passing of National Redress Act. This Act of Parliament will enable Queensland Government and non-government institutions to participate in the Commonwealth National Redress Scheme.

Posted 23-08-2018
Retiring into Poverty

A national plan for change: increasing housing security for older women.

Produced by the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group, August 2018

"Australia and its jurisdictions need a tailored response that raises policy to the forefront in regard to the issue of older women and their financial and housing insecurity and the impact of financial and housing insecurity on their health, wellbeing, participation and independence."

Posted 06-08-2018
Remembrance Day 2017 Address​ by Karyn Walsh

A tribute to the Historical Abuse Network and all individuals who have experienced abuse in institutions, foster care and detention centres.

"Remembrance Day 2017 falls within the last year of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia. The Royal Commission has brought national attention to the prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse and related issues within institutional settings: institutions which were established to care for, protect, nurture and educate children.

Instead, cultures of neglect and secrecy were created for the purpose of protecting institutions, and covering up criminal activities and abuse of power, leaving the legacy of lifetimes of pain and loss for victims and survivors of the abuse.

Many reports have validated that abuse and crimes did occur, as well as the impact on children throughout their adult life.

The Royal Commission has had the power and mandate to put on public record the responses and, in many cases, the cover-ups by the institutions when abuse and or crimes were reported by children or other adults.

We pay tribute to each of you with us today. We remember those who have passed away and those at home."

Posted 11-07-2018
Innovate Reconciliation Plan – Micah Projects 2017–2019

Our vision is to work respectfully and in partnership with the First Peoples of Australia.

We support First Peoples to achieve:

  • justice, after decades of dispossession and dislocation
  • protection of rights, to live without racial discrimination
  • connection to land, culture, family and community of choice
  • financial and social inclusion.

In particular, we are committed to work in partnership to close the gap in life expectancy between the First Peoples and the wider Australian population.

Posted 16-05-2018
Homelessness in Australia

Launch Housing has commissioned the Australian Homelessness Monitor 2018 (the Monitor), for this first-of-its-kind authoritative insight into the current state of homelessness in Australia.

The Monitor is an in-depth, independent longitudinal analysis examining the changes in the scale and nature of homelessness in Australia, as well as how social, economic and policy drivers influence these changes.

It brings together numerous existing data sets, in addition to in-depth interviews with a wide range of policymakers, service provider representatives and advocacy organisations; as well as an online survey of service providers.

Key findings
Australia’s homelessness problem is getting worse:

  • Homelessness in Australia is outpacing population growth.
  • Rough sleeping levels are increasing.
  • Severe overcrowding is the largest group.
  • Older Australians increasingly experience homelessness.
  • Indigenous Australians are overrepresented.
  • There’s increased demand for homelessness specialist services.
  • The main reasons for seeking assistance are changing.

Read about the more detailed findings, the complex causes of homelessness and more in the overview document and full report below.

Posted 12-04-2018
The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities: A Health and Social Cost Too High

Authors: Paul Flatau, Katie Tyson, Zoe Callis, Ami Seivwright, Emily Box, Lobna Rouhani, Noah Lester, Daniel Firth, Sze-Wan Ng

Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA) 2018 Report

This groundbreaking report represents the first analysis of the consolidated Registry Week data across Australia.

The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities: A Health and Social Cost Too High represents the first analysis of the consolidated Registry Week data across Australia. The consolidated Registry Week data provides the largest and richest collection of information on people experiencing homelessness in Australian capital and regional cities outside the Census and the national administrative data for homelessness services, the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection.

The report aims to:

  1. Provide a profile of the backgrounds of people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
  2. Examine the length of time those interviewed have spent homeless and have been without stable accommodation.
  3. Assess the medical conditions and healthcare needs of those experiencing homelessness, their current use of healthcare, and the accompanying costs to the healthcare system.
  4. Understand the history of interaction with the justice system of those experiencing homelessness, and their current exposure to harm and risk.
  5. Examine the financial circumstances of those experiencing homelessness and their social needs.
  6. Detail in the words of those interviewed what they feel they need in order to be safe and well.
  7. Provide recommendations for future strategies and studies that aim to inform best practice approaches to ending homelessness in Australia.
Posted 10-04-2018
Housing First: a foundation for recovery toolkit

Breaking the cycle of Brisbane’s housing, homelessness and mental health challenges

This 2017 Housing First for Mental Health plan demonstrates how a Housing First evidence-informed approach to ending homelessness assists people who are homeless and living with mental illness to move quickly into permanent housing.

The Housing First: a foundation for recovery toolkit has been developed by the Brisbane South PHN (BSPHN) Partners in Recovery Consortium – a group of 10 non-government organisations partnered with BSPHN to support people with severe and persistent mental health issues.

As a group of agencies, we are committed to changing our practices and the systems we work within to bring Housing First to people with severe mental illness. The culmination of our recent work is this action plan and associated fact sheets on Housing First and Integrated Healthcare models. We have worked together to understand Brisbane’s housing, homelessness and mental health challenges, and map out how Housing First can be implemented for people with mental illness in our community. As organisations who are supporting people with recovery, we understand the crucial importance of getting clinical treatment services to people wherever they are. This report provides models, evidence and recommendations for how that can be achieved – primarily through embedding multidisciplinary teams in community services and integrating those services with permanent housing.