FRMP State-wide Conference

The Melbourne City Mission FRMP Statewide Conference – which connects frontline workers and practice leaders with leading researchers, to drive better outcomes for vulnerable young people – is one of the Victorian homelessness sector’s flagship events. 

It provides a platform for support workers to share their knowledge and expertise on best practice, and to unpack the big issues in early intervention and family-centred practice. 

This year’s conference will be held from the 1 – 2 June 2016, on the doorstep of Victoria’s magnificent Yarra Valley. Don’t miss this fantastic professional development opportunity!

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Engaging young people. Using the pathways young people take in and out of homelessness as the foundation for a person centred service culture.

View the summary of Day One - 1 June 2016

View the summary of Day Two - 2nd June 2016


FRMP 9th State-wide 2016 conference 

The 9th Melbourne City Mission FRMP Statewide Conference will take place at the Yarra Valley Lodge, Chirnside Park and runs for two full days on 1 – 2 June 2016. 

The conference is renowned for its exceptional line-up of speakers, thought-provoking workshops, and great networking opportunities. It is always a sold-out event. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Thrive: new ideas for ending youth homelessness, which will consider three sub themes: thriving families, thriving community and thriving sector. Presentations and workshops will examine evidence-based best practice approaches that support families and communities to ‘thrive’ and not just survive.



Archie Roach will be performing on the evening of Wednesday 1 June

There are few Australian voices in the debate on social justice and Indigenous welfare that resonated as strongly as Archie Roach’s. His impact on this country’s musical landscape is equally strong. 

When Archie released his debut album “Charcoal Lane” 25 years ago, his song “Took The Children Away” shone a spotlight on the impact of the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families and brought it to the attention of the global community. At the time, the song won two ARIA Awards and an international Human Rights Achievement Award (making Archie the first person ever to receive this award for a song). 

Since then, Archie has received countless awards, and released eight albums. Archie’s work has been recognised locally and internationally, in mainstream and Indigenous circles. He has collaborated with the finest musicians in the country, including Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daley, Christine Anu, Vika and Linda Bull, Shane Howard and Dan Sultan. He has toured with some of the world’s most iconic artists, including Leonard Cohen, Rodriguez, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Billy Bragg, Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega and Patti Smith. 

In recognition of the significance of his musical contribution to the social and cultural landscape of Australia, in 2013 “Took the Children Away” was added to the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, as part of the Sounds Of Australia collection.



Some images from the 8th Statewide FRMP conference 


FRMP 2015 Conference highlights

'Building Connection: exploring the Value of Connection for Young People' was the 8th Statewide FRMP conference to date and took place over two days, in March 2015. We welcomed 112 people who were pleased to hear from our key note speakers including: Dr Phil CraneRudy Gonzalez, and Dr Karen Sutherland. Attendees had the option of attending two of the five workshops provided, and here are some of their overall feedback/comments:

  • 'Great key note speakers – frank and thought provoking'
  • 'Inspiring and makes you reflect on practice'
  • 'New concepts, some fresh ideas and good contacts'
  • 'It's reinforced that I'm putting theory into my work practices'
  • 'Gained new insights into how trauma can affect development'
  • 'It's improved my networks and strategies to facilitate young people to rebuild connections'
  • 'It was good to review old skills'
  • 'Feel professionally refreshed when sharing my experiences with others'
  • 'Learnt more about connection that will inform my practice'
  • 'Lots of practical ideas for my tool box'
  • 'A better insight about working with families'
  • 'Making sure I don't look at the notion of family through my eyes'
  • 'You cannot work with a young person in isolation'.

Thank you to all those who made this event possible and one worth repeating.

The team are in the process of reviewing and evaluating the conference in order to plan the next one!