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The Frontline Response to Health & Homelessness - special Parity Magazine edition


The Inclusive Health Program has undertaken a joint project with Parity Magazine, a national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons to produce an issue dedicated to health and homelessness entitled ‘The Frontline Response to Health and Homelessness’.  This edition features issues and innovations in health service responses to homelessness, and includes a forward from SVHA CEO Toby Hall.

Leaders in the provision of health services from across Australia have contributed to the issue, including NEAMI, the University of Western Australia, MICAH projects in Brisbane and the Royal Perth Hospital.  There are in-depth explorations of the impact of domestic violence, the importance of legal partnerships, and training programs for clinicians.  Some of the highlights from St. Vincent’s Health Australia services include:

  • Sister Francesca Healy Cottage, Melbourne

  • Tierney House, Sydney

  • The Homeless Health Assertive Outreach Service, Sydney

  • The Homeless Health After-hours service, Sydney

  • Homeless Health peer work, Sydney

  • ALERT team, Melbourne

  • Primary health at 614, Melbourne

  • Using data linkage to integrate health and housing responses, Melbourne

  • Partnering with the NSW Trustee and Guardianship Office, Sydney

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting plans for the intended launch in March, IHP Group Manager John Willis undertook the production of a series of podcasts with key contributors.   There are twenty five podcasts in total including: Toby Hall (SVHA), Karyn Walsh (Micah Projects, Brisbane), Dr Amanda Stanford (Royal Perth Hospital), Andrew Chan (St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne), Spike and Yasmine (cohealth, Melbourne), Dr Vincent Cornelisse (Kirketon Road Centre, Sydney), Stephanie MacFarlane (South East Sydney Local Heath District), Trish Verdouw (Catholic Care, Tasmania), Jack Snelling and Rochelle Weston (Bap Care South Australia), and Charlotte Jones (Mental Health Legal Centre, Melbourne), and Jacoba (Member of the Lived Experience Advisory Group, Launch Housing, Melbourne). 

To access Parity, click here, and to access to podcast please use the following links Transistor or Spotify or Google or Apple.

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