What stories do we need to tell?

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” – Robert McKee Read more…

May. 22, 2019   |   Nick Richardson


Recovery will be long but there’s reason for hope

For many of us, we have been left reeling trying to comprehend by the pace and the scale of change, not just here in Australia but around the globe. As human beings, we are hardwired to crave stability. We like to feel control. The pandemic has rocked our sense of certainty and no one has been left untouched. As we try to process this unsettling turn of events, it’s natural to be feeling fearful about the future. But it’s important to remember that whilst it’s tough right now – and it is – we will come through to the other side. The encouraging progress we’ve made in slowing the spread of the virus is a testament to the community-mindedness, creativity and resilience of individuals, of families, and of businesses right across Australia. Read more…

Jul. 02, 2020   |   Julia Gillard


Charting the way ahead for philanthropy and mental health

A conversation between Suparna Bhasin, Co-Founder of the MaiTri Foundation, and Professor Patrick McGorry AO, executive director of Orygen, about philanthropy and the mental health curve Read more…

Jun. 24, 2020


Australia’s COVID-19 response and people with disability

On March 15 2020, leading health and disability researchers called for urgent action from state and federal governments to develop a targeted response to COVID-19 for people with disability, their families and the disability service sector. We called on governments to rapidly scale up the health care sector’s capacity to respond to the health care needs of children and adults with disability, particularly those with complex support needs. We called on governments to ensure that… Read more…

Jun. 17, 2020   |   By Professor Anne Kavanagh


Housing Australians through COVID-19

‘The advice is clear - stay at home...’  Prime Minister Scott Morrison There is a shortage of secure, affordable houses in Australia. We have known this for a while, but with the pandemic, this truth has become starker. Our leaders have told us to stay at home, restricted to our local communities and our houses for our safety.  But what if your home isn’t safe, or you don’t have a home?  And with millions struggling with job… Read more…

Jun. 10, 2020   |   Erin Dolan


Smoke clears to reveal a new challenge

On New Year’s Eve Foodbank Victoria was activated under the State’s Emergency Relief and Recovery plan to assist the bushfire response efforts with emergency food and water provision. This massive task included food being distributed by air, land and sea into the fire-affected communities of East Gippsland and North East Victoria. Read more…

May. 27, 2020   |   Dave McNamara


Supporting the volunteer workforce to recover, for the health of the nation

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate the millions of volunteers who contribute to the Australian community. All around the country, on-line celebrations are being held and tribute is being paid to the amazing work of volunteers. Our schools, health care, disability, community and emergency services all rely on volunteers, and volunteers play a vital role in sports and the arts. Further, events such as the 2019-20 bushfires and the COVID-19 emergency have shone the spotlight on volunteers and their contribution during times of crises. Read more…

May. 20, 2020   |   Sue Regan


The shared challenge of food security

The coronavirus pandemic has elevated the role of Australian farmers in feeding and clothing the world. With supermarket shelves stripped of essentials, many Australians have for the first time reflected on how and where their food comes from. Read more…

May. 13, 2020   |   Verity Morgan-Schmidt


The 3am inspiration behind a new program for the social sector

Friday the 13th of March. The Grand Prix in Melbourne was cancelled. Remember that? It felt like a green light for a surreal new world to emerge. You could almost hear the wave of pain that was about to hit. Each night, I’d wake up mortified by the impending domino effect of all face-to-face interaction in our sector being slowly, but inevitably swallowed up. The devastation on a sector that relies on human interaction – be it fundraising dinners, case workers checking in on families, country halls filled with community groups. Read more…

May. 07, 2020   |   Julia Keady


Universities, climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals: A framework for action

“We need to change the way we live and reimagine the things we value.’’ Read more…

Apr. 30, 2020   |   Professor Duncan Ivison


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