Sharing the Couch
Sharing the Couch is an NT Shelter initiative, featuring interviews with thought leaders in the affordable housing and homelessness sectors. New episodes are published every second Thursday via our YouTube channel, and on our podcast feed on RSS.com. Subscribe to get notification when new episodes are about to premiere. Previous episodes can be found below.
Find out more about our interviewees below:
Rob Lowth is the National Director at the Housing First National Office in Ireland. The Office is part of Ireland’s Housing Agency, an Irish State agency that is playing a major role in supporting the delivery of the National Housing for All Strategy to 2030.
Fiona York is the CEO of Housing for the Aged Action Group. Housing for the Aged Action Group is the only Australian organisation specialised in the housing needs of older people. Coming from grass-roots beginnings over 30 years ago, HAAG today is over 700 members strong
Dr Chris Martin, Senior Research Fellow in the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW. Previously at the Tenants’ Union of NSW and author of the ‘Tenants Rights Manual’ (4th edition), the leading text on tenancy law and policy for tenants in NSW, Chris has extensive expertise in rental housing and housing affordability.
Ivan has been involved in leadership at all levels with policy development, program planning and implementation and capacity building within government. Ivan has worked in New South Wales in Australian government public services for over 34 years in areas such as public and social housing, Juvenile Justice family and community services, and hostel accommodation for Aboriginal people.
Ivan speaks to NT Shelter as the Chief Executive Officer of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association (NATSIHA).
Leanne Mitchell works with Brimbank City Council as Manager of Community Strengthening and Social Planning. She’s also a 2019 Churchill Fellow and has just released her report into Local Government responses to homelessness. You can view Leanne’s report on the Churchill Trust website here.
In episode six, season two, Peter speaks to Liz Cameron-Smith, CEO of the Foyer Foundation. Foyers are integrated learning and accommodation settings for young people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The Foyer Foundation manages and works to improve the quality standards of Foyers that operate in Australia. The Foyer Foundation sponsors research, works with the Foyer movement globally and advocates to Government at all levels.
In season two, episode five of Sharing the Couch Peter chats to Bernie Barrett, Advocacy Coordinator at Better Renting. What’s it really like being a renter in Australia during a time of housing stress?
In this episode of Sharing the Couch, Peter chats to Kasy Chambers Executive Director of Anglicare Australia. This is a wide-ranging discussion on poverty, homelessness and social and affordable housing. “I fear that we’re moving back to that sense that peoples’ poverty is their own issue.”
In Season 2, Episode 3 of Sharing the Couch, Peter chats to Trina Jones. Trina is CEO of Homelessness in NSW. In this episode, the conversation covers assertive outreach, challenges and advocacy in the housing and homelessness space. “Let’s gang up on the problem. We have common ground, we’ve got a shared mission and what we achieve together will be stronger than what we achieve alone.”
In Episode Two, Season Two of Sharing the Couch by NT Shelter, Peter chats to Rebecca Oelkers, CEO of BHC (formally Brisbane Housing Company).
Welcome to Season Two of Sharing the Couch by NT Shelter! Kicking off the season is a conversation with Louise McCormick, Commissioner for Infrastructure NT. Louise is a busy person! She’s integral to ensuring the NT builds the public infrastructure needed to meet the NT Government’s goal of a $40 billion economy by 2030. Listen here, or watch here.
Elvis Martin rounds out Season 1 of Sharing the Couch. He’s a young Australian leader and advocate, Principal Ambassador at Youth Development Australia and One Young World Ambassador. Elvis is dedicated to social justice and inclusion, and a strong believer in the power of lived experience. Listen here, or watch here.
In episode #11 of Sharing the Couch, Peter chats to David Pearson, CEO of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness. David chats about homelessness in the political context (is it a vote winner? is there political will to end homelessness?), his work with advance to zero projects around the country and his desire to figure out what it’s going to take to end homelessness in Australia. Watch here or listen here