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ACAL Conference 2008

31st Annual ACAL Conference 2008


Surfers Paradise, Queensland

2nd October 2008 - Crowne Plaza



Adult literacy, numeracy and lifelong learning: a cross-sectoral dialogue

Towards developing a framework for social inclusion through building literacy into a whole of government approach to policy development.

Senator Ursula Stephens, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion

Dave Tout (Australian Council for Educational Research)

will outline the results of the Adult Literacy & Lifeskills Survey and discuss implications for different sectors.

A range of speakers from the health sector, from industry, and welfare sectors will examine how literacy relates to issues of social & economic exclusion (see below).

Representatives from not-for-profit organisations will also present models of what works, barriers to social inclusion and other issues.


Members $200 Non-members $250

Forum program


Senator Ursula Stephens (Parliamentary Secretary Social Inclusion)

Developing a framework for social inclusion through building literacy into a whole of government approach to policy development.

Dave Tout (Australian Council of Educational Research)

Overview of Adult Literacy & Lifeskills Survey (ALLS) data and implications for different sectors - findings include health literacy

Greg Coombs (Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing)

Implications of ALLS data for the health sector

Short responses from:

Dr Steve Black (University of Technology, Sydney) – re health literacy


Mark Tucker-Evans (Council on the Ageing, Qld) – Seniors Peer Education Program, Seniors Quality Use of Medicines (SQUM)


Morning tea

How does literacy relate to issues of social & economic exclusion?

Barbara Bailey (Ozminerals) – Industry - Community Partnership
John Dalgliesh (Boystown) – Disadvantaged youth transitions to work
TBA (Learning Network Queensland) – ACE-VET partnerships


Full buffet lunch and networking


What works? Successes, barriers and issues from different sectors.

Damian Foley – The Smith Family
Pauline O’Malley – Salvation Army
Cathrena McRae – WELL in Indigenous communities


What would a whole of government approach/response to social inclusion look like?

Small group activity – to derive top priorities re policy intent


Afternoon tea


Noyona Chanda (LLU+, London Southbank University)

Response re UK Models – what works/doesn’t work?


Where to from here?

The join us for the full ACAL Conference

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 October

Surfers Paradise, Queensland

‘Surfing outside the flags: catching waves, avoiding rips’

2nd - 4th October 2008 - Crowne Plaza