The Lady Musgrave Trust 11th Annual Forum on Women and Homelessness - Secure your tickets below

Event information

Now in its 11th year, the purpose of the Annual Forum on Women and Homelessness is to:

  • Identify and talk about the key challenges that the sector is experiencing
  • Bring together experts to provide relevant advice and updates on issues
  • Provide a platform for improved collaboration on issues
  • Share new ideas that can be leveraged to improve the lives of the women that have become or are about to become homeless

The Annual Forum is a sector driven event that is developed each year by a joint Working Group Committee comprising representatives from Office for Women, Centacare, QShelter, Queensland Health and the Department of Housing and Public Works and The Lady Musgrave Trust.

Date: Wednesday 7th August 2019

Time: (Attend the session of your choice, or book for the full day.)

The Forum: 8.15am arrival for 8.50am start. Concludes at 12.45pm (includes coffee/tea on arrival at 8am and morning tea at 10.30am)
Mentoring Masterclass: 1-3.30pm (includes light lunch)

Place: Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

How to get there: See

Theme: Building Resilience • Surviving and Thriving

The program features speakers and sessions that will appeal to those with an interest in all women and their future with a blend of leading edge and thought provoking presentations, practical case studies, panel discussions and a Master Class, facilitated by Dr Ruth Knight from the QUT School of Philanthropy, on mentoring.

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Madonna King
One of Australia’s most accomplished journalists and the author of nine books, including best-seller Fathers and Daughters

Dr Paula Barrett
Internationally recognised scholar, groundbreaking researcher in the field of psychology and resilience

Dr Ruth Knight
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT Business School

Kim Richards MP
Member for Redlands, Queensland Parliament. Accomplished businesswoman, community leader, and board member

More speakers

Nikki Chenoweth
National NDIS Manager for Maxima

Lynne Hughes
Financial Counsellor – Brisbane Inner City, The Salvation Army Moneycare

About the Masterclass

You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with peers and colleagues to share and discuss your challenges and experiences, forge new connections and grow your supportive network in the community and homelessness sector. Attendees include representatives organizations working in homelessness, universities, government bodies, not-for-profits and the broader community.

Human Centred Design (HCD) is a framework that supports organisations and social enterprises who want to design services that deliver social change and impact.

As many organisations are running or thinking about offering a mentoring program to their clients, this immersive and hands-on masterclass will give you an introductory overview of the steps it takes to design a mentoring program for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness using HCD.

Dr Ruth Knight from The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies will explain how empathy and creative thinking can create better outcomes for your beneficiaries. You will walk away with invaluable insights and learnings to take back to your team.

If you are having financial difficulties and not able to pay registration, please contact the office.

As we do every year, we will launch the updated version of our widely adopted Handy Guide products for at risk or already homeless women including the 9th edition of the “2019-2020 Handy Guide for Homeless Women in Brisbane” and the 2nd edition of the “2019-2021 Handy Guide for Homeless Women in Regional Queensland”.