Join Parlour and the University of Melbourne for Light at the End of the Tunnel 39: What next?, the second session in our  two-part finale. See you online to reflect on where we have been for the last two years, and where we want to go – with Lee Hillam, Sonia Sarangi and Kieran Wong.

After a fantastic first session with Eloise Atkinson, Saneia Norton and Kim Bazeley, we return for for more lively and thought provoking conversation at the second part of What Next?

The pandemic is not yet over, but we are slowly emerging out the other side into an as-yet unknown world. Apprehensive and exhausted, but also hopeful and reflective. Those of us who spent considerable time in lockdown experienced our worlds narrow in previously unimagined ways, borders hardened and many of us haven’t seen family and friends for two years. Yet, simultaneously, new connections have developed as we all went through an unsettling, existentially challenging global experience.

Our workplaces and work habits have been shaken up, with both positive and negative impacts. Contrary to the fears of 18 months ago, the profession seems to be booming and many practices are looking for staff.  National data suggests that Australians are changing jobs at unusually high rates, while other research indicates that women, as a group, bore the brunt of the heightened juggle between work and family life.

We are tired. We are all hanging out for the summer break. For many, this will be a time of reflection, a chance to take a breath and consider, “What Next”. And, as always, Parlour is here for you! Join us for our two-part finale as we reflect on what has been and provide food for thought for those summer-time reflections.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel sessions were developed to provide mutual support, solidarity and camaraderie, and to help our communities navigate the world of work, the futures of the profession and paths forward in the pandemic. We are now drawing the series to a close. We’ll be back next year with a similar format and a new name. Please join us for an extended last hoorah!


Friday 26 November
12.30–1.30pm AEDT (NSW, Vic, ACT, Tas)
12–1pm ACDT (SA)
11.30–12.30pm AEST (QLD)
11–12pm ACST (NT)
9.30–10.30am AWST (WA)
2.30–3.30pm (NZ)


Online via Zoom. Join from anywhere. You will be sent the login details after you book.


1 formal point on completion of the CPD questions – a link will be sent after you have booked.
Once completed, you will receive an email with your responses. This provides the evidence of attendance and completion for the session named at the top of this document. Please keep the response email for your records. It counts as your certificate. (If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder.) The series learning objectives are here.


$11 standard or $5.50 concession (anyone who needs it – students, those not working, part-timers etc). (Note: ticket prices have gone up 10% as we are now GST registered.)

Please book below. (If the form doesn’t work on your device, head to the Parlour trybooking page.)

The 2021 Light at the End of the Tunnel series is presented in collaboration with the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.