Homelessness in Canberra - What Can We Do?

As the coldest part of the Canberra winter approaches, those without a warm bed face the most bitter and difficult part of the year. This winter also presents an unprecedented challenge for the homeless: COVID-19. Without a place to self-isolate, the homeless community faces a dangerous plight.

ANU Learning Communities invites you discuss and learn about the issue of homelessness in the ACT. This discussion will be guided by four panellists, each with a range of experiences in dealing with homelessness in Canberra. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions of these panellists.

The event will begin with the speakers introducing the work they do in the area of homelessness. Following this, there will be a discussion on the topics of:

  • Policies and initiatives in place to help the homeless;
  • The applicability of the Finnish model, after they claimed to have ended homelessness;
  • COVID-19 and homelessness; and
  • How can the student community help combat homelessness?

The event will conclude with a Q&A with the audience.

The panellists speaking on this issue are:

  1. Louise Gilding, Executive Group Manager, Housing ACT and leader of Axial Housing.
  2. Anne Kirwan, Chief Executive Officer of CathoticCare Canberra and leader of Axial Housing.
  3. Dr James O'Donnell, School of Demography, College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University and Secretary of the Australian Population Association

Please note that this is an online event taking place over Zoom. Please register your interest for this event through EventBrite and you will be provided the Zoom link via email closer to the date.

If you would like to submit questions before the event, please post them here: https://forms.gle/osim65pGUDh8RaX78

ANU Learning Communities sits within the Engagement and Success team at the Australian National University (ANU). The Learning Communities (LC) Team supports co-curricular learning at the ANU, organising and hosting events around the five themes of Global Challenges, Sustainability, Cultures, Creative Arts and History. We explore topical issues in a format that is accessible to all students, faculty and the wider general public.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Learning Communities team at learning.communities@anu.edu.au