In April 2020, Naomi joined the Service Integration Initiative team in an auspiced role at Encircle in the position of Regional Care Coordinator for the Moreton Bay region. Naomi is a social worker with experience of working in both Australia and the UK in the non-government organisation, government and community housing sectors. Naomi practices from a person-centred holistic framework and is passionate about advocating and supporting vulnerable, marginalized individuals and their families for social justice. Most recently she has been involved with Mental Health programs working with homelessness / at risk of homelessness. Naomi is currently working on completing Holistic Counselling studies to complement her professional frameworks.
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 eight other locations across the state in addition to Moreton Bay; Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane (x2), Redlands, Logan and Gold Coast.
In the Moreton Bay region a Place Based Reference Group has formed that will work closely with the Regional Care Coordinator. This collaboration will build on existing care coordination frameworks, ensuring that contemporary person/family centered approaches are utilised when coordinating multi-disciplinary responses for people with complex needs. This collaboration will have a strong focus on achieving person-centered outcomes that are place-based, that is, designed to incorporate challenges and opportunities that are unique to the Moreton Bay Region.