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2014 Evaluation Network Symposium

Good Shepherd is partnering with Wesley Mission Victoria and MacKillop Family Services to host the 2014 Evaluation Network Symposium on 3 December 2014, 9:30 – 1 pm in South Melbourne. 

Under discussion is Collective Impact: Framework to practice.  The morning will include presentations from Professor Jo Barraket, Director of the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology; Micaela Cronin, CEO of MacKillop Family Services; Dr. Lauren Costello, Principal Analyst at the Victorian Department of Human Services; and Michelle Lucas, Director of Opportunity Child and speaking on behalf of the Ten20 Foundation. 

Cost is $20 and includes a substantial morning tea.  Booking through Trybooking at http://www.trybooking.com/109079   View or download the program for more information. 


Past Events

The Power to Persuade Symposium 2014

The Power to Persuade symposium is on again in Melbourne on Tuesday, September 16. The forum connects government, academics and the community sector to discuss how to co-create better social policy.

This year The Power to Persuade will focus on practical strategies for working across sectors to improve social policy design, implementation and outcomes. The forum will explore practical strategies for building relationships and understanding across sectors.

It will explore negotiating the tensions between politics and policy, innovation in an unknown environment, and unpacking examples of cross-sectoral collaboration in action.

The comprehensive one-day program includes a range of expert presenters, panels and workshops.
Confirmed speakers include:

Jane Caro, social commentator and education activist
Cassandra Goldie, Australian Council of Social Service
Professor Brian Head, University of Queensland
Professor Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne
James Button, author and journalist
Professor Roz Hansen, international urban planner
Professor Mark Matthews, Australian National University
Professor Jo Barraket, Swinburne University of Technology
Dale Renner, strategy consultant
Date: September 16, 2014

Venue: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Spring Street, Melbourne

The Power to Persuade symposium will be taking registrations from May 2014.

For further details about the program and how to register, please read the flyer. Alternatively, email info@powertopersuade.org.au or phone 03 8412 7320, or follow us on Twitter @powertopersuade.

Spotlight on Economic Abuse research launch

On Wednesday 29 May 2013, in partnership with Kildonan UntingCare, we launched our groundbreaking research report into economic abuse. 

Sharing Solutions Across Sectors: A Spotlight on Economic Abuse Research Report reveals that, just like other forms of family violence, economic abuse can have devastating and long term impacts for both women and children.

The launch brought together key policy makers, business and community leaders to celebrate the launch of this groundbreaking research. 

Annual Public Meeting 2012

We held our Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday 13 November 2012.

Last year's gathering focused on building innovative partnerships to create better outcomes for vulnerable people. The keynote address was presented by Fiona McCormack, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria.

The formalities were followed by morning tea in the lovely peaceful surrounds of Abbotsford Convent.

Power To Persuade Symposium 2012

Our one-day research symposium 'The Power to Persuade: Building Knowledge and Capacity for Policy Change', was held 9am-4pm on September 5th at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 250 Spring St, Melbourne.

This Symposium was a partnership between Melbourne University and Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service. It aimed to provide an opportunity for community service organisations to build their research and advocacy capacity and to network with academic and other sectors.

Innovative methodologies were showcased by academic and community practitioners. Policy analysis of research approaches were provided by a range of speakers including Prof Mark Considine (Melbourne Uni), Alison McClelland (Productivity Commission), Prof David Hayward (RMIT University), and John Falzon (CEO St Vincent de Paul) and Dr Kathy Landvogt, Manager of Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service's Social Policy and Research Unit.

Audacious Women: Turning the Page

On August 23 2012 we held our second our annual women's event to celebrate the ability of women to create positive social change.

Internationally acclaimed author, cartoonist and broadcaster Kaz Cooke was guest speaker at the event. In her new book Women's Stuff, Kaz takes on many of the issues that hold women back, and on the evening of the event she explored some of these questions with her winning blend of humour and heart.

Manager of our Social Policy and Research Unit Dr Kathy Landvogt also discussed how our work can turn the page to build financial equality for women. Proceeds went towards services supporting vulnerable women to improve their lives.

There was also a silent auction featuring a number of incredible items and experiences, and a raffle with a night for two in Daylesford as the prize.

To see pictures of people attending the event in the social pages of the Weekly Review, click here.

Annual Public Meeting 2011

We held our Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday 22 November.

Over 130 guests attended as we celebrated our work with children and young people during the financial year of 2010-2011. The Chairperson of our Board thanked all our wonderful supporters, and launched our Annual Report. Our Treasurer tabled our Financial Report. And our CEO Robyn Roberts spoke about our achievements in the last financial year, and our goals for the future.

The keynote address on the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children in the coming year was presented by Dr Lynette Buoy (pictured), CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. 

Following the formalities there was a unique and uplifting performance from St Albans' RAP3021, followed by a delicious morning tea in the lovely surrounds of Abbotsford Convent.



Launch of Microfinance and the Household Economy

The Victorian opening event of Anti-Poverty Week 2011


Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, National Australia Bank and the chairs of Victoria's Anti-Poverty Week joined together on October 16 to launch Microfinance and the Household Economy, a research report measuring the contribution microfinance has made to improve the material wellbeing of people on low incomes.

The report was formally launched by the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. This research was funded by the Australian Government, through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Key findings of the research were discussed by senior researcher, Tanya Corrie, the author of the report.

As the opening event for Anti-Poverty week in Victoria we also heard from Simon McKeon, Australian of the Year, as he discussed financial inclusion in the broader context of poverty reduction.


Women Leading Change

Ita Buttrose was guest speaker at our annual women's event in 2011 which celebrated the capabilities of women to achieve real change in society.

Women Leading Change built upon the previous success of our Audacious women's events. It was the first in a series of events to be held annually to recognise Good Shepherd Day and the arrival of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Australia.

Women Leading Change aimed to highlight the achievements of women everywhere: not just the great and powerful, but also those battling to overcome disadvantage. Ms Buttrose, who through her own determination and success has set a positive example for so many women to excel in their chosen endeavours, spoke of her distinguished career in the context of our own important work supporting women and girls.