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National Practitioners' Forum 2016

Advancing Social Cohesion: cultural, linguistic and religious diversity in Australian communities.

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Australia is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse nations in the world. In 2016 the Red Cross Practitioners' Forum will look at social cohesion and diversity in modern Australia.

The question of how our diversity shapes social cohesion in Australia is increasingly relevant to us and our work. The 2016 National Practitioners' Forum will bring together leading experts and practitioners to explore issues and ideas with a focus on practical responses.

Join us for a one-day forum to assess the interactions between culture, language, religion, and social cohesion in modern Australia. We will look at how we can move beyond "tolerance" and work towards respect, understanding and participation.

The program

Panel 1: What do we mean by social cohesion in Australia?
Panellists include:
Anthea Hancocks, Scanlon Foundation
Dr Justine Dandy, Edith Cowan University

Panel 2: The role of the community sector in framing the national conversation about social cohesion and diversity
Panellists include:
Joumana el Matrah, Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights
Evan Lewis, Department of Social Services
Mohammed Al-Khajafi, Welcome to Australia

Panel 3: Effective practice and innovation in terms of social cohesion and diversity
Panellists include:
Rob Ball, Banyule City Council
Fiona Oakley, Catholic Care Tasmania

The event will conclude with a presentation of the Innovative solutions will also be presented by participants of our Hackathon. Scroll down for more information about our Hackathon.

  The National Practitioners' Forum Advancing Social Cohesion: Cultural, linguistic and religious diversity in Australian Communities is an Australian Community Workers Association endorsed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event.

Date
Wednesday 2 March, 2016

Time
8.30am-5.00pm

Venue
Rydges Hotel
701 Swanston St
Carlton VIC
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Cost
$60 per person + booking fee (catering provided)
Please contact rchanock@redcross.org.au to apply for a fee exemption (conditions apply)

Bookings
Please visit our event page to purchase tickets.
Registrations close Friday 26 Feb.

What is a Practitioners' Forum?

A Practitioners' Forum brings together staff and volunteers in the community sector, as well as researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders, to explore issues and ideas with a focus on practice. The aim of our Forum is to give participants an opportunity to examine their own practice and learn from others to take workable, relevant ideas back to their workplace.

What is a hackathon?

Traditionally a hackathon is an event where IT developers meet and engage in collaborative programming. They are usually a short, intensive sessions where teams are given a problem and bring their own skills and experiences to come up with a solution. Sometimes, like ours, hackathons are held for educational or social purposes.

What is the Red Cross Hackathon?

The Red Cross Hackathon will focus on the interactions between culture, language, religion, and social cohesion in modern Australia. Participants from diverse backgrounds will be invited to work to define the issue ('problem'), brainstorm solutions ('hacks'), and develop innovative responses ('solutions'). Participants will then present their solutions at the Practitioners' Forum on 2 March where the top pitches will be in the running for a small prize.