National Symposium on Extending Care to 21

Monday 13th September | Online Symposium

About the symposium

Since the Home Stretch Symposium in August 2019, most Australian jurisdictions have made progress towards Extending Care to 21. Home Stretch Symposium #2 will build on the knowledge and insights gained from the first Home Stretch Symposium. Successful Australian Extended Care models and components that are being implemented will be showcased and there will be an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the success factors in these approaches.

What you’ll learn:

  • Where we are up to with Extending Care to 21 and what this means for young people and carers
  • Latest national and international research on Extending Care to 21
  • Experiences and challenges of introducing Extended Care to 21 years, based on current experience

Who should attend:

  • State & Territory Government representatives 
  • Federal Government representatives
  • Out-of-home Care Service Providers   
  • Academics with an interest in out-of-home Care
  • Peak Bodies, independent agencies and consumer groups
Watch the Symposium


Monday 13 September

Julian Morrow MC, The Chaser, Background Briefing
9.10Welcome to Country

Uncle Ian Goolagong and Auntie Kellie Hunter
9.20Dylan Langley, Home Stretch Ambassador
9.30Setting the Scene & Progress of Extended Care to 21 years across jurisdictions

Paul McDonald, National Chair Home Stretch

Catherine Gibson, Manager, Transitions from Care Team, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, Victoria

Fiona Ward, Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection, South Australia

Emma Fenby, General Manager, Strategic Services, Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities, Northern Territory

Kimberley French, A/Manager, Child Protection, Service Design and Support, Community Services, Western Australia

Helen Pappas, Executive Group Manager, Child Youth and Families, Australian Capital Territory

Maddy Smart, Statewide Program Coordinator, Transition to Independence and After Care Support, Children and Youth Services, Tasmania
10.30Morning Tea
10.45A panel discussion on extending care for indigenous young people

Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People of Victoria.

Virginia (Jinni) Dingo, Cultural Practice Leader, Yorganop

Andy Kazim, Practice Consultant & Project Lead, Home Stretch WA Trial.

11.30Young people's perspectives on extended care to 21 years

Leticia Quince, CREATE Consultant

Angelo Camilleri, CREATE Consultant

Matthew Krishna, CREATE Consultant

Amy, CREATE Consultant
12.00Latest Research on young people leaving care by the CREATE Foundation

Dr Joseph McDowall, Executive Director (Research), CREATE Foundation
13.15Extended care to 21 years trial in NSW

Evaluation results from the Uniting NSW.ACT trial by Nous

Dr Tom McClean, Research and Social Policy Program Head, Uniting

Tarrah Watt, Participant of Uniting trial of extended care

Michael Stewart, Director, Nous Group

Michelle Toy, Consultant, Nous Group

13.45Evaluating Extended Care to 21

Professor Emily Munro, Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research, and the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire

Professor Philip Mendes, Director Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University
14.30Carer perspectives on extended care to 21 years

Cheryl Schmidt, CEO, Foster and Kinship Carers Association NT Inc

Samantha Hauge, CEO, Foster Care Association Victoria
14.45Afternoon Tea
15.00Keynote: International Perspectives
Latest findings from biggest extended care to 21 years study (United States)
and Q&A

Professor Mark Courtney, Samuel Deutsch Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago (US)
15.45A panel discussion on extended care models for young people coming out of residential care

Facilitated by Paul McDonald, National Chair Home Stretch

Katie Hooper, CEO Foyer Foundation

Mathew Pearson, A/Team Leader, Compass Leaving Care

Peter Zwiers, Head of Programs, Kids Under Cover

Catherine Gibson, Manager, Transitions from Care Team, DFFH

Danny Henderson, Senior Operation Manager, Care Visions
16.30Home Stretch going forward

A panel discussion to wrap up the day and explore next steps for extended care to 21 years nationally

Teena Ingram, Qld Home Stretch CoChair & Regional Director, Life Without Barriers

Jason Juretic, NSW Home Stretch Chair & CEO Stepping Stone House

Mark Glasson, WA Home Stretch Chair & CEO Anglicare WA

Dylan Langley, Home Stretch Ambassador

Paul McDonald, National Chair Home Stretch

Professor Philip Mendes, Director Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University
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Every child deserves to be supported into adulthood – extending out of home care until the age of 21 will give thousands of young people the additional guidance they need to have a real shot at life.


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