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Tackling homelessness

19 November 2012

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Janine O'Flynn is a Professor at the Crawford School and an adjunct faculty member at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.  Her expertise is in public sector management, particularly in the areas of public sector reform and relationships.

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How government, academics and non-profit organisations can work together to address the crisis of homelessness will be the subject of a major speech by Crawford's Professor Janine O’Flynn.

Professor O’Flynn will deliver the keynote address at the Annual General Meeting of Melbourne-based community agency Hanover on 27 November. Her talk will draw on lessons and ideas discussed in her recent book Rethinking Public Service Delivery, and aim to bridge the gap between policy makers, academics and those community groups working at the frontline of homelessness.

She says that despite the best efforts of governments and policy makers, homelessness is a growing problem and one that requires innovative solutions.

“Census data released this week shows that despite big political commitments to tackle homelessness, the rate of homelessness in Australia has risen eight per cent in five years to 2011,” she said.

Professor O’Flynn says academics working with organisations such as Hanover can lead to a better understanding of both policy making and its implementation at the coalface of service delivery.

“Engaging with non-profit and community organisations helps us to better understand public policy as these organisations are critical, not only to delivering many public services, but also advocating for changes to policy to help solve some of the most wicked policy problems,” she said.

“Addressing this problem of homelessness is not easy and it takes the efforts of parties both inside and outside of government and no one party can solve it – so how do we get them to work together? These are the key ideas for the speech.”


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