Hospital discharges to ‘no fixed address’ – here’s a much better way

The Conversation, November 14, 2018 6.03am AEDT Why treat people and send them back to the conditions that made them sick? – Michael Marmot, The Health Gap, 2015 “Homelessness is one of the most intractable and complex problems facing cities around the globe,” says my colleague Dr Jim O’Connell from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless[…]

Alternatives to discharging people who are homeless to the street….

 Background People experiencing homelessness are heavy users of the health system, frequently presenting to Emergency Departments with acute health issues that often result in lengthy hospital admissions. WA Health data shows that the average length of stay for patients with no fixed address is double that of general population – the lack of suitable accommodation[…]

Food Diary – The West Australian

By Sue Yeap Homelessness Week starts next Monday, as does the annual fundraiser Homeless Healthcare Soup Kitchen at Brookfield. The objective of the soup kitchen is to increase awareness of homelessness in the community and attendant health issues. Volunteers will be selling soup donated by Brookfield restaurants including Basilica, The Apple Daily, Churchill Bar and[…]

UWA MEDIA STATEMENT Monday 3 September 2018

HOUSING AND HEALTH CARE KEY TO TACKLING AUSTRALIA’S HOMELESS CRISIS Stable housing together with tailored health care services are vital in addressing homelessness, according to new research by The University of Western Australia and Homeless Healthcare. In a paper published today in the Medical Journal of Australia, UWA’s Associate Professor Lisa Wood and founder and[…]

Media Release 29th June 2017

MEDIA RELEASE 29th June 2017 STREET HEALTH’S URGENT CALL TO HELP EASE WA HEALTH COSTS   The State Government’s recent announcement that health costs were under the microscope reinforces just how important the Street Health service is in helping to prevent hospital presentations by people who are homeless who often have multiple complex health needs.[…]