‘Supporting Diversity Planning & Practice for CHSP & HACC-PYP funded service providers’

12th March 2019
9.00am - 4.00pm


Australian Events Centre
1 Larkin Boulevard, Essendon Fields (Behind Hyatt Place)

The North Metro and West Metro Diversity forum aims to support service managers and leaders with their diversity planning and practice by recognising the strengths in diversity and building capacity for the sector to provide inclusive services.

The forum is catered for Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) funded providers in North Metro and West Metro Melbourne and will showcase diversity good practice examples from the sector. There will be opportunities to listen to peak bodies as well as learn from experts in the field. There will also be an opportunity to speak to a range of diversity organisations throughout the day through a service expo.  

Organised by the West Metro and North Metro Diversity Advisors.

Registrations close Friday 1st March at 5pm.


Speaker Profiles

Forum facilitator - Husna Pasha


Husna is a Melbourne-based Business Woman, Author, Media Personality and Public Speaker.

She’s funny, smart, brave and outspoken and she’s attracting bigger and bigger audiences to her great mission in life… to create happier people!!

Husna is an Indian Australian, raised in Tasmania by her hard-working parents, a mother of two, a wife and a Muslim woman. She embodies the true face of Australian life and culture – global, connected, non white, female, educated, experienced and aspirational.

Come hear Husna speak with you about her experiences, her empowerment story and discuss your reflections.


Key Note Speaker - Ian Hamm


Ian, a Yorta Yorta man, has had a long and active career in government and the community sector, mostly, but not exclusively, focussing on the Aboriginal community.   Ian spent over 30 years working for both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments across a variety of portfolios (18 years at executive level), notably as Executive Director of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, Director for Aboriginal Economic Development, and Director – Economic Inclusion.  He was also, for a short period, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

He has also spent many years as a board member and chair of a number of NFP organisations.  He currently chairs Connecting Home (a stolen generation services), the First Nations Foundation and the Koorie Heritage Trust.  He is a board member of Aboriginal Housing Victoria, the National Trust Australia (Vic), and the Australian Red Cross.  His previous board appointments include the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Vic), Tigers in Community Foundation (Richmond FC), and as president of the Western Region Football League. 

Ian also serves on a number of advisory boards including as chair of the Healing Foundation’s Stolen Generation Reference committee and chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan steering group for Swinburne University.


Performance Artist - Wāni Le Frère


Wāni is an award winning artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo based in Naarm (Melbourne).

He is the 2018 Victorian Grand Slam Poetry Champion, as well the recipient of both the Green Room’s best Performance award for his debut solo show ‘Tales of an Afronaut’, as well as the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Evolution Award for his most recent solo work ‘Jana: Memoirs of a Future Past’.

Outside of his performance work he has had his visual at works Exhibited in galleries both nationally and internationally. He is also the Co-Founder Of ‘Let’s Talk’ a series of free public talks addressing anti blackness and the Curator, Producer and Director of ‘Sapologie’ as well Kitoko. wani is a powerful and captivating artist, and describes himself as alive and figuring it out. 


Presenter - Budi Sudarto


Budi started Ananda Training & Consultancy to address the intersectionality between ethnicity, religion, and LGBTI identities. Budi has provided training to several organisations on intersectionality and its application in LGBTI inclusive practice framework. Budi and his colleague have also provided training to NDIS LAC, providing information on the specific needs of LGBTI with disability and strategies for inclusive practice. Budi has been a long term advocate for multicultural and multi-faith LGBTI communities, and is actively involved in the community to ensure equality and equity for intersectional LGBTI identities.


Diversity Forum Agenda

Venue accessibility + parking information.

Parking - Onsite Parking is available and free.
Enter Essendon Fields via English Street and turn left onto Larkin Boulevard (formerly Larkin Street).


By Car - Essendon Fields has direct access to the Calder and Tullamarine freeways and proximate to CityLink, Western Ring Road, Bell Street and Hume Highway.

By Train - Essendon train station is less than 10 minutes drive from Essendon Fields or 15 mins via Tram Service 59 (Airport West).

By Tram - Service 59 to Elizabeth Street in Melbourne's CBD just a short stroll from The Australian Events Centre on Matthews Ave.

Hearing Assistance - All conferencing spaces are fitted with infrared hearing assistance.

For more information about the venue visit : http://www.taec.co/contact


For more information contact:

Lisa Tribuzio, North Metro Diversity Advisor, 
0417 372 031

Carolina Valencia Coleman, West Metro Diversity Advisor
0448 291 264

Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Victorian Government.