Social Innovation Summit 2017

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Community Compass Inc
The 2017 Social Innovation Summit
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Held at the University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, Ourimbah, New South Wales


Social Innovations are new strategies, concepts and ideas that have demonstrated application in addressing social needs and issues in society. This Summit will seek to showcase new innovative projects and approaches that are demonstrated as having a social impact across the most prevalent social issues of Australian communities today.

This Summit will bring to the NFP and Community Services Sectors in Australia best practice, evidence based practice, and leading innovation, from around the world and locally in Australia, in the contemporary areas in which the Sectors deal with.

This Summit will focus on understanding and implementing evidence based practice and building organisational capacity into Community Services Sector Organisations.

The themed presentations, addressing several contemporary areas in which the Sector is currently dealing with, will showcase leading social innovation and best practice in services, projects, programs or approaches of the speakers that are evidence based and are generating outcomes for families and communities.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, with Onsite Registration from 9:00 AM

Tea & Coffee on Arrival, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided

Early Bird Tickets from 08/06/2017 to 30/06/2017
$190 plus GST, per person

Post 30/06/2017 Tickets Until 31/08/2017
$250 plus GST, per person

– Community Services Organisation Leaders and Case Managers
– NFP Community Services Board and Management Committee Members
– Government Officials
– Researchers and Academics

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be submitted via email to
– Cancellations made before Thursday 31st August 2017 will incur a AU$55.00 cancellation fee.
– Cancellations made on or after Thursday 31st August 2017 will not receive a refund of fees paid.

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Peter Kenyon, Director of The Bank of I.D.E.A.S.
Master of Ceremonies

Building on “What’s Working” through Asset Based Approaches

Peter Kenyon will talk about building on “What’s Working” through Asset Based Approaches for community development and local economic renewal. Peter’s own organisation, the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. specialises in initiatives to strengthen community building, local economic development and youth empowerment. Since its creation in 1989, the Bank of I.D.E.A.S., with its desire to create caring, healthy, inclusive, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies, has worked with over 1,600 communities throughout Australia and overseas seeking to facilitate fresh, innovative and creative ways that stimulate community and local economic renewal.

Peter Kenyon is a social capitalist and community enthusiast. Over the last four decades he has worked with more than 2000 communities throughout Australia and overseas seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and local economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, connected, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies. Peter has had a background as a youth worker, teacher, youth education officer, tertiary lecturer and senior public servant. His employment experiences have included Director of Employment in Western Australia, Manager of the Community Employment Development Unit in New Zealand and Coordinator of the Natal Kwazulu Job Creation and Enterprise Strategy in South Africa.

Dr Graeme Stuart, University of Newcastle, Research & Teaching Academic, Family Action Centre (Community Welfare)
Understanding Evidence Based Practice in the Community Services Sector

Dr Graeme Stuart is a researcher for the University of Newcastle’s Family Action Centre. His research focuses on practice-based and strengths-based approaches to working with communities. His research is on the forefront of current trends in human service delivery and adopting evidence based practice approaches to capacity building in human services.

Some of his current and previous research projects include:
1. Evidence-based practice in NSW children and family support services – A project supporting support services in regional and rural NSW to identify strategies to improve the capacity of services to adopt evidence-based programs and practice.
2. Strengths-based approaches for organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – Exploring what is working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how organisations can build on these strengths.
3. What can we do? Communities Responding to Violence – An action research project which explored how to build on community strengths to respond to domestic and family violence.

Graeme Innes AM, Lawyer, Mediator and Company Director
What’s Working in our Disability Support Services

Blind from birth, and having had a family who refused to view his blindness as a handicap and who instilled in him a belief in his own abilities, now, after a long and successful career, Graeme will bring insight into best practice with social and service support for people with disabilities. Graeme will share ideas on advocacy for people with disabilities, and outlines what still needs to be done fully to include people with disabilities in Australian society. Graeme will also share of his own challenges and failures, and of overcoming the discrimination that so many people with a disability face.

Graeme Innes AM is an Australian company director, lawyer and public speaker. He has been a human rights practitioner for 30 years in NSW and Western Australia and has participated in the development of national and international human rights instruments. Graeme was Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from December 2005 until July 2014. During that time, he also served as Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner for 3.5 years and as Race Discrimination Commissioner for 2 years. In 1995, Graeme was entered into of the Order of Australia as a Member (AM). In 2003, he was a finalist for Australian of the Year. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra and appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney.

Jillian Hogan, Manager of San Remo Neighbourhood Centre
What’s Working in Family Support Services

Jillian Hogan, Manager of San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, has spent the last 20 years working closely with communities in the northern parts of Wyong Shire. A grass roots practitioner, her lobbying, advocacy and leadership led to the development of LINKS Youth Services, programs, groups and events, including the Northern Wyong Community Drug Action Team and the infamous GOATS (Going off at the Swamp) Family Festival. Jillian’s presentation illustrates a practical model and community engagement approach to applying evidence based practice and achieving outcomes through early intervention for families at risk.

Jillian Hogan is very passionate about an inclusive community. In 2002, as the newly appointed Manager of San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, she took on an ABCD approach and to develop a vibrant community hub with over 40 volunteers and 20 staff which also provides services such as Financial Counselling, Youth Services, After School Care and Emergency Relief. Jillian’s commitment to strengthening communities, partnerships, social action and positive change, saw her initiate and develop many broader community projects and programs, including: Community Safety Signage, Rock Against Drugs, Aboriginal and cultural events, Community Murals, the creation of the San Remo Community Garden, the development of a Community Men’s Shed, and more recently an integrated approach to minimising Graffiti vandalism. Jillian is a Justice of the Peace and has a Masters Degree in Social Science.

Jordan Purcell-Ashburner, Executive Officer of Community Compass
What’s Working in Organisational Development through Governance & Leadership Capacity Building

Jordan Purcell-Ashburner joined Community Compass in 2015 with over a decade of experience in community development and business development, coordinating social, economic and environmental projects across the Central Coast and Regional NSW.

His experience includes social policy, business sustainability projects, business and enterprise development, coordinating and assisting the development of local and regional plans and strategies, program development and project management, community consultations and stakeholder engagement and delivery of outcomes focussed social and community development projects.

Jordan is an active community member who has participated in numerous workshops/forums to promote social enterprise and inclusion, and is a prolific presenter and keynote speaker at local, national and international conferences on diverse topics, such as sustainability and social innovation.

Also Featuring Dr. João Goulão: Introduction to What’s Working in Drug & Alcohol Intervention

Dr. João Augusto Castel-Branco Goulão is a Portuguese physician and the current national drug coordinator for Portugal. He is credited as being an architect of Portugal’s drug policy established in 2000. From 2009 to 2015, he served as chairman of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and has been a delegate at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Portugal is the only country to decriminalise all drugs as part of policy reforms which are world renowned for adopting humanistic approaches. A decade ago Portugal took a radical new approach to illegal drugs by treating users as people with social problems rather than as criminals the transformational outcomes of this project inspiring the TED Talk “Everything we know about addiction is wrong”.

In 1987, he started specialising in treatment of drug addicts. From 1988 to 1992, he worked at the Taipas Centre in Lisbon, established in 1987 by the Portuguese Ministry of Health “for the treatment, recovery and social reintegration of drug addicts. In 1997, he became the national director of the network of drug treatment centres in Portugal. In 1998, Goulão was a member of the 11-person committee that formed the report on which Portugal’s current drug policy of decriminalisation was based.

From 1997 to 2002, Goulão served on the scientific committee for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), an agency of the European Union. Since 2005, he has been Portugal’s representative at the agency. Since 2005, Goulão has been head of the General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies within Portugal’s Ministry of Health. He is also chairman of Portugal’s Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction. Dr. Goulao delivers a customised recorded presentation for the 2017 Social Innovation summit from Portugal.

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