Street Health Program

By Homeless Healthcare

Campaign Completed on
05-08-2017

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HOMELESS HEALTHCARE IS A CHARITY DEDICATED TO PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO PERTH'S HOMELESS AND MARGINALLY HOUSED.

Our Street Health service commenced in January 2015 with start-up funding from the 2014 Impact100 Award.

Street Health is a service targeting the homeless people of Perth who are rough sleeping and not engaged with any social or medical services in our community. They are found in the parks, public gardens, doorways and pavements of the CBD, and are among the most disenfranchised and marginalised people in our society. Rough sleepers have the worst health outcomes in our state with an average life expectancy of only 45 years.

The rough sleeping population is notoriously difficult to engage because of their high levels of traumatic life experience and previous negative experiences with health services which are not adapted or understanding of their specific needs. Opportunities to intervene early in the course of illness or injury are lost and by the time they reach hospital care, their conditions are serious and require extensive and expensive treatments.

HOW STREET HEALTH OPERATES...

The Street Health service commenced in January 2015 with start-up funding from the 2014 Impact100 Award. It aims to address this group's lack of access to medical care by engaging rough sleepers where they are, in public spaces, rather than expecting them to present to medical facilities.

The Street Health team has consisted of a Homeless Healthcare nurse and Assertive Outreach Worker who work in public spaces in the Perth CBD for three hours (usually 6am - 9am) five days per week. They target places where the rough sleepers congregate such as soup kitchens, parks and malls. Their initial focus is on engagement, gaining trust and encouraging rough sleepers to start using services such as drop in centres and Homeless Healthcare GP clinics. The nurses provide basic medical care on the streets like blood pressure and blood sugar checks, suturing of small lacerations and doing wound dressings.

THE PROBLEM IS...

our funding runs out on June 30th 2017 and the service will cease to operate unless we secure more funds.

WE ARE WORKING HARD TO...

secure funds from the Department of Health but have been unsuccessful in this years budget. We are doing all we can to get the program funded as part of the 2017/2018 health budget but it takes time...

PLEASE HELP US...

to keep our nurses on the street for the next 6 months - providing the basic medical care that we all deserve to a group of people who, for all sorts of reasons, just aren't receiving it.

YOU'LL BE HELPING THESE SUPER NURSES...

to continue engaging, gaining trust and providing necessary health services to the homeless people of Perth.

Watch our video here: Street Health video

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Alison Sayer

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