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National Out of Home Care and Higher Education Symposium

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University of Newcastle

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Callaghan, NSW 2308

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Australians with an out of home care experience are significantly less likely to access higher education, even though a care experience does not mean they are any less capable. Although this has been recognised as an area for improvement by Australian universities and agencies working in the sector, there has not yet been a nationwide, cross-sector approach to improving access rates and engagement for care leavers in Australia. This symposium aims to begin a conversation around what a coordinated approach may look like, and how we can work together to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Attendees will hear from those who are involved in research, practice, and policy, both within higher education institutions and within the OOHC sector. Conversations will explore what is currently happening in this area, as well as the work that still needs to be done to improve access to higher education for care leavers in Australia.

The symposium will build on the Centre of Excellence in Equity and Higher Education's track record of supporting collaborative practice and research by providing an opportunity for us to come together and discuss current practice in supporting young people in OOHC and care leavers to learn about, access and engage in higher education. Members of the education and OOHC sector communities will work collectively to develop a National Agenda to help inform ongoing practice, research and advocacy in this area.

We are still confirming the timetable for the day, however, a program will be shared in the coming weeks.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided on the day.

Please note, we will be limiting numbers of attendees to allow for discussion, and to ensure a variety of people from different roles and organisations are able to participate. If you register, but find you are unable to attend, it would be appreciated if you could cancel your registration so that place can be offered to someone on our waitlist.

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