North Metro and West Metro Diversity Forum Resources


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

The North Metro and West Metro Diversity forum was organised by the West Metro and North Metro Diversity Advisors and aimed 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 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 showcased diversity good practice examples from the sector.

There were opportunities to listen to peak bodies as well as learn from experts in the field.

The forum also gave participants an opportunity to speak to a range of diversity organisations throughout the day through a service expo.  


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.


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.


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’.


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.

What is it and how is it relevant to the Diversity Framework Presentation link.


Peak Body Presentations


LGBTI Inclusion
Presented by Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care @Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV)


Supporting Cultural Diversity in Aged Care
Presented by Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing (CCEA)


Our Care our Way; Aged Care Services for Aboriginal Peoples
Presented by Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc (VACCHO)


Older People & Homelessness
Presented by Housing for The Aged Action Group (HAAG)


Innovative Training & Service Delivery for People Living with Dementia
Presented by Dementia Australia


Social Isolation: Mobilising & Connecting People through Community Transport
Presented by Link Community Transport


Supporting Veterans and their Families
Presented by Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling


Diversity Forum Agenda


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.