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Students Brainstorm to Tackle Homelessness

Local students will gather to brainstorm their best ideas at a workshop, as part of a partnership between La Trobe University and Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP).

The week-long workshop, to be held at the university’s Mildura campus on Benetook Ave, will culminate in a community event on Friday 1 December, when the research team will present its findings.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a diverse range of our students to spend quality time looking in depth at an issue that affects many people in the local community,” Brad Hodge, Program Coordinator at La Trobe’s Rural Health Innovation Lab, said.

“This will enable the team to develop a rich understanding of the complexity of the challenge and the breadth of opportunities for intervention.

“La Trobe is partnering with MASP and other local organisations to focus on solutions to homelessness in our region.”

Proceedings will open on Monday 27 November and across the week, the university’s Innovation team will hear from experts working in the field, as well as people with lived experience of homelessness.

The team will then workshop a series of ideas, before developing one proposal for testing.

“This is a fantastic initiative and a great opportunity to bring fresh ideas to what is a challenging issue for our community,” MASP chief executive Vincent Wilson said.

“Young people are often among those who struggle to find and keep stable accommodation, making it difficult for them to concentrate on their work or study.

“The chance to discuss the issues and challenges in detail will benefit our team and these students, and shed some new light on how to tackle homelessness in the Mildura region.”

The community is invited to the final presentation and networking event, which will be held from 4pm to 6pm on Friday 1 December.

You can register your interest in attending the community event at

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