Forum to give consumers a voice

Posted on: Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Turning Point and Spectrum Consumer and Carer Committee are holding a forum with the theme on –ACCESS.  This forum, to be held on Thursday 19 October in Fitzroy, is being held so that consumers and carers’ voices are heard highlighting difficulties accessing everyday services and the difference this can make to people’s lives.      

ACCESS   asks participants to look both inwards and outwards and offers the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own experiences around “access”.   This forum will include ‘lived experience’ stories from consumers and carers, opportunity for discussion with services providers and showcase services who are providing some answers to those who are experiencing problems of ACCESS. 

ACCESS will include an opportunity to network with people from other community services that are working with clients who are living these issues.


Joshua Wilkins  - Founder and CEO of One Voice

Joshua recognised a basic need within the homeless community that impacted on their everyday life and self-esteem.  Personal hygiene is something many people take for granted, however there are many who are not able to access this basic need.  He designed and provided mobile showers for the homeless community, which has grown into the One voice organisation.                                                                                                                               

Kieran Palmer – Clinical Services Manager Noffs Foundation

Kieran began his work with the Ted Noffs Foundation in 2005 as an Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker and has held numerous positions with the foundation including Manager of the PALM residential treatment service, and his current role of Clinical Services Manager for all Noffs programs nationwide.  Kieran’s areas of expertise lie in youth metal health, drug and alcohol, and trauma development / treatment.           

Parking: All day parking is available close by at the Melbourne Museum car park on Nicholson Street. Enter before 9.30am and leave after 2.30pm for early bird rate of $16.

This forum will begin at 10:00am and will conclude at 2:30pm on Thursday 19 October.

Catering: Tea, Coffee and a light lunch will be provided including a vegetarian selection.

Location: Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, 120 Napier Street, Fitzroy 3065

The event is free, but registration is required.

For details, click here.