Community of Schools and Youth Services

Between 2016 - 2018, the Office for Youth is funding the University of South Australia (UniSA) to pilot an innovative program in Mount Gambier with a focus on preventing at-risk young people from becoming homeless. The model is based on an initiative first trialled in Geelong by program developer and homelessness researcher, Associate Professor David Mackenzie.

In 2017, UniSA and partners, Uniting Communities and the Service to Youth Council, began the two-year Community of Schools and Youth Services pilot in Mount Gambier. The pilot operates across local high schools, using a whole of school survey to identify students at risk and offer them and their families a range of supports to prevent disengagement and homelessness.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Deirdre Tedmanson (UniSA) on (08) 83024311 or