The South West Regional Partnership Forum co-designed and hosted the #2020: Innovate SW conference on 14 August at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, Gatton. The Partnership Forum comprises of members from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS), and key non-government providers in the region.

The conference was well attended with over 200 participants from the government and non–government sectors, industry and some clients attending as well. Keynote speakers were Michael Hogan, Director General, DCCSDS on the human services system in 2020 and Belinda Drew, CEO of the Community Services Industry Alliance spoke of investment in human services.

These presentations are available online:

Michael Hogan, Director General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Brooke Winters, Regional Executive Director, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Belinda Drew, Chief Executive Officer, Community Services Industry Alliance

Lucas Moore and Dillon Hamilton, CREATE Foundation

Short “Innovation Bytes” showcased new and exciting innovations across the region including the service access pilot in disabilities, the industry-department-NGO funded mutli-tenant centre, partners in recovery and under 1 roof. 

‘Local Heroes’ awards using the six criteria of the Social and Human Services blueprint, were presented to individuals and organisations demonstrating, for example, great customer service and partnerships and panel discussions focused on investing for outcomes for South West Queenslanders.

A live Twitter feed provided an instant and dynamic communication forum for participants and demonstrated the effectiveness of such exciting and innovative technology.

Participant feedback indicates the conference was well-targeted, informative and exemplified effective co-design and partnerships. An action plan is being taken forward to ensure we build on the momentum of the forum.

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