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WACOSS Conference 2018

WACOSS is currently planning the next biennial conference guaranteed to be the sector event of the year.

The WACOSS Conference continues to go from strength to strength and 2018 is going to be no exception. We are planning a full and dynamic program that will meet the diverse interests and professional requirements of the multitude of people working in the community from front line staff , policy makers, to senior managers and boards.

We have chosen ‘place’ as the central theme for the 2018 WACOSS conference because our place in society has a significant influence on our experiences. Place affects our health, welfare, security and contentment. Place is something that we have a relationship with and our ‘place’ in the world can play a leading role in determining the kinds of lives we lead.

The Making PLACE conference is the chance for us to have conversations about how we can overcome the challenges of place and make place better, particularly for people and communities placed in vulnerable situations. It will also be an opportunity to showcase and learn from place-based initiatives already begun.

The conference streams build on PLACE as an acronym and are broadly organised around the theme of place-based service delivery. Join us in our Making PLACE conversations by submitting an abstract that connects to one or more of these areas.

WACOSS will be adding more information as the program develops. Keep an eye on this space.

Stream 1 – People

In this stream we will seek to understand particular places from the perspective of lived experience. We will also take the opportunity to acknowledge local advocates and champions, those people and providers who have assisted to develop community solutions. This includes those with significant knowledge and networks, who are trusted and endorsed by community. This can span community members, families, service providers, policy makers and researchers

Stream 2 – Leveraging

In this stream we will explore the junctures that have allowed actions and change to happen, where community strengths and experiences have been mobilised to make a difference in a place. This will include recalibrations that have been both planned and spontaneous, and examples of social enterprise that have contributed to building local economies and enhanced the resilience of our most vulnerable

Stream 3 – Aspiring

In this stream we will make space for people to think big. What are the ideas for sustainable and place-based change, and for innovations to address the challenge of embedded adversity in some places. In this stream we will ask presenters to lead us on a journey of imagining what this might look like

Steam 4 – Connecting

In this stream we will consider the myriad of ways we are already partnering to progress seamless and holistic service delivery. We will explore strategies for developing a culture of collaboration, shared vision and commitment, as well as contemplate some of the practical steps that have been taken to breakdown siloes and foster effective working partnerships, and establish outcomes and targets and methods to measure these. This stream will also include examples of the newer ways we are connecting and raising awareness across social media and other platforms

Stream 5 – Enacting

In this stream we will look at what is being and has been implemented in place. This will include consideration of the resourcing and supports needed to facilitate the delivery of place based services; what are some of the ingredients more likely to ensure success and what are some of the lessons learned. We will consider how to build in adaptability to ensure responsiveness to changing circumstances, ways to develop deeper understandings about the impact of our service provision and achieve momentum to ensure change is sustainable, and of course, celebrate success