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Regional Coordinator: Jodie Cowie


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Jodie Cowie

In March 2020, Jodie joined the Service Integration Initiative team at Q Shelter in the position of Regional Care Coordinator for the Brisbane region. Jodie has over 16 years’ experience in the human services sector including harm minimisation and other drug treatment, supported accommodation, domestic and family violence, out of home care, community development, sector development, service management, and youth. Threaded throughout these roles, has been working either directly or indirectly with people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, and with significant vulnerabilities.

Jodie has a robust understanding of the broader sector as well as an intimate working knowledge of housing and homelessness and the systems it intersects with. She is passionate about housing and homelessness and has a deep commitment to collaborative practice. Informed by the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027, and driven by Partnering for Impact and Partnering for Growth, the Queensland Service Integration Initiative aims to create better outcomes for people who are homeless or at the risk of homelessness by enhancing existing care coordination mechanisms, identifying and enabling sector capability building opportunities and encouraging innovation in transforming the housing and homelessness sector. Auspiced by a number of place-based organisations through funding provided by the Department of Housing and Public Works, there are Regional Care Coordinators located at nine locations across the state; Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Brisbane (x2), Redlands, Logan and Gold Coast.

The Brisbane region has several Care Coordination and Network meetings that will work together with the two Regional Care Coordinators.This collaboration will strengthen and enhance existing care coordination frameworks, ensuring that contemporary person/family centered approaches are utilised when coordinating multi-disciplinary responses for people with multiple and complex needs.The collaboration will focus on achieving person-centred outcomes that are place-based and designed to incorporate challenges and opportunities that are unique to the region.This initiative will help drive improved processes and practices responding to the needs of vulnerable people who are homeless or at the risk of homelessness