Convention Guest Speakers

SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2023 – 09.45-15.30

The NCCF#2023 Organising Committee is honoured to welcome a carefully curated cohort of Fellows, presenting a TedX style, entertaining and informative presentation.  Read more about our dynamic presenters and their areas of expertise below.

First Session - 09.45-10.30

SUBJECT: COMMUNITY ENERGY

Heather Smith is an electrical engineer with a passion for community energy.

Australia is in the midst of a world leading energy transition, driven by our advantages of abundant renewable energy. But, we are hitting the tricky part. Reconciling our energy consumption and energy production at local levels might be the key. It will impact on how fast we transform our systems and how much it ultimately costs us all. It will also point the way for other major system transformations in food, transport and water systems that are needed if we are ever to tackle climate change in a timely way.

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SUBJECT: WATER BANKING FOR DROUGHT RESILIENCE

Dr Declan Page  is a Principal Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Despite the heavy rains in many parts of Australia recently, another drought is just around the corner. Water banking is a tool that could improve Australia’s drought preparedness and resilience for the future. The principles are simple – bank water during wet years into an aquifer water bank and then recover the water during drought.
Seems simple enough but first there are some policy barriers to overcome, which could be easily achieved using pioneering demonstration schemes prior to wider adoption.

The presentation will focus on drought resilience, water for our cities and water banking in a changing climate. How can this be achieved at a national, state, town, or enterprise / farm level?

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Second Session - 11.15-12.45

SUBJECT: HOW CAN WE SUPPORT OLDER AUSTRALIANS WITH AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE AND INNOVATIVE HOUSING?

Victoria Cornell is a social gerontologist, undertaking research on areas including the built environment and housing, especially alternative models of housing, and housing for vulnerable older people, in-home care provision for older people, community wellbeing for older people, and end of life care. Her interest is in reshaping academic debate and policy against the significant demographic changes we have started to experience, and will continue to experience, with an ageing population.

Older people (a significant and growing proportion of Australians) are a highly diverse group with different housing needs and aspirations. Well located, desirable retirement housing is unaffordable for all but the relatively wealthy, requiring considerable upfront capital.

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SUBJECT: SOLVING HOMELESSNESS

David Pearson’s studies into solving homelessness have found there are a growing number of communities around the world that are not just reducing, but in many instances, ending street homelessness. Using data, these communities have changed how local homeless systems work and the impact they can achieve.

In the USA,  12 communities have ended homelessness for a population group by reaching a standard called ‘Functional Zero’.  More than half of those communities have achieved reductions in the number of people experiencing chronic and/or veterans homelessness.

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Third Session - 13.45-15.30

SUBJECT: TOBACCO CONTROL

Despite great successes in tobacco control and reducing smoking over the past 25 years, tobacco smoking remains the greatest cause of preventable illness and death in Australia today.

In 1996, approximately 30% of the adult population smoked and 20,000 South Australian school children aged between 12-17 years were regular smokers. The powerful tobacco industry was working tirelessly to addict children to the nicotine in cigarettes so that became the next generation of smokers. Advertising bans and smoke-free environments were in place. However, smoking rates remained high and quitting smoking had stalled causing governments and Cancer Councils across Australia to seek new ways to reduce smoking.

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SUBJECT: PRIMARY CARE MANAGEMENT OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Having emerged from a tough few years during the COVID pandemic, let’s reflect on our wellbeing and catch up on what’s new in our understanding of mental wellbeing and how to grow it. Dr Cate Howell will talk about how to ‘live a good life’ and flourish in 2023!

With over 40 years of training and experience in the health area, and a passion for mental health and wellbeing, Dr Cate’s focus is on education for health professionals and the community.

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SUBJECT: CONNECTED PARLIAMENTS: FIVE STEPS WE CAN TAKE TO EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONNECT WITH AND SHAPE THE FUTURE OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY IN AUSTRALIA.

Many young people aged between 15-20 feel disconnected to parliamentarians and the work of parliaments and disempowered to change the laws that are impacting their lives. In response, parliaments in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland have been experimenting with new engagement tools, including social media, legislative tracking apps, online gaming and regional outreach programs aimed at teenagers and young adults.

This presentation will share preliminary findings of Dr Sarah Moulds’ Churchill Fellowship which aims to investigate and evaluate the different engagement strategies being used in these jurisdictions.

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