Associate Professor David Mackenzie

Media campaign: The Costs of Youth Homelessness in Australia

With lead agency Margot Gorski PR Matters, I worked on the national launch of a world-first study into the costs of youth homelessness to the Australian economy.

The study by a leading homelessness researcher and two economists showed that preventing young people from becoming homeless by strengthening and integrating school and youth services at a community level could save an estimated $626 million per year across the youth justice and health services systems alone.

The report provides important evidence that early intervention works, and deserves investment to prevent future costs and the devastating social and personal impacts of youth homelessness.

Principal researchers: Associate Professor David Mackenzie (Swinburne), Professor Paul Flatau (The University of Western Australia) and Professor Adam Steen (Charles Sturt University).

Media reach—summary:

  • Estimated online views 213K
  • Social shares 1.67K
  • Press circulation 325K
  • Radio audience reach 1224K
Media coverage included:
  • ABC Radio 702 Sydney, 666 Canberra, 774 Melbourne, 891 Adelaide, 720 Perth, 612 Brisbane, 936 Hobart
  • ABC Radio and Online, The World Today with Rachael Brown (Listen: The price tag of youth homelessness)
  • ABC Radio National Drive with Patricia Karvelas
  • ABC Radio National Canberra with Kim Landers
  • ABC Radio Newcastle, Illawarra, Broken Hill, Mid North Coast, Central West NSW, Western Plains, Riverina, Far North
  • Radio Triple J Sydney
  • Radio 2GB Sydney
  • Radio 4BC Brisbane
  • Radio 2MCE Orange
  • Radio Adelaide
  • Herald Sun online
  • The Conversation
  • Australian Policy Online
  • The Canberra Times
  • Pro Bono Australia
  • Bendigo Advertiser
  • The Standard
  • The Ballarat Courier
  • SBS Online
  • The Border Mail
  • The West Australian (Op Ed)

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