Innovation - Responses to Loneliness During COVID-19 and Beyond Symposium 2021 | Friends For Good


Friends for Good hosted the second of the Innovation symposium series in March 2021.

Opened by the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner, Robert Fitzgerald AM, this event consisted of presentations and discussions highlighting innovative responses to alleviate loneliness.

It was an afternoon of presentations and interactive activities that explored how perceptions of loneliness have changed as a result of the global pandemic.

A big thanks to our sponsors for your support to host this event, all of our speakers and presenters for your time, effort and involvement. Thanks to our Friends for Good volunteers who have worked hard to ensure the symposium was a success and finally to all delegates who virtually attended.



Watch the Opening Address

Robert Fitzgerald AM, NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner

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1.30pm – 5.00pm
Monday 15th March 2021


Online (via video link)


Friends for Good Research Findings
Health Service Delivery During the Pandemic
Forging Social Connections
Interactive polling activity and discussion
Video presentation
Panel discussion

Panellists, Presenters & Facilitators

Dr Kate Saxton
Ian Bunston (Korus Connect)
Dr Matthew Sunderland
David Helmers (Australian Men’s Shed Association)
Associate Professor Margo Barr (UNSW)
Simone Bursey (Brisbane Youth Service)