‘Street Health’ nurses selected as finalists in HESTA national nursing awards.

Nurses from Homeless Healthcare’s innovative ‘Street Health’ pilot project have been selected as finalists in the HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.Street-Health-Team-201510

Each year the awards recognise outstanding nurses in the categories of Outstanding Graduate; Team Innovation and Nurse of the Year.

The ‘Street Health’ nurses were nominated by Bernie, one of Homeless Healthcare’s long term patients who regularly visits the Transitions Clinic in West Leederville.

Bernie explained: “I’m very thankful for the support I’ve received from Homeless Healthcare’s staff over many years, and I wanted others to know about the unique new work the nurses are doing supporting rough sleepers in parks in Perth’s CBD.
The ‘Street Health’ nurses have been nominated in the ‘Team Innovation’ category, which recognises a nursing led team that demonstrates innovation by initiating a product, service or system that benefits patients and/or the community, and that shows willingness to share their knowledge.

The ‘Street Health’ pilot project is generously funded by members of IMPACT 100 WA, a group of individual WA philanthropists of all ages and backgrounds, pooling their resources to make a lasting positive impact on the quality of life in our state.
Homeless Healthcare’s founder and medical director, Dr Andrew Davies, said; “Street to home teams have been set up in every major city in the country; these teams consist of assertive outreach workers who go out and link people who are sleeping rough with existing services.”

“Unfortunately these programs do not address the immediate health needs of people sleeping rough.

“The primary goal of ‘Street Health’ is to provide medical assertive outreach to homeless people sleeping rough in the CBD and surrounding suburban areas of Perth,” he said.

Team leader Sarah Ravine said; “The goal of ‘Street Health’ is to link with those who are not currently accessing health services, to start assessing their health issues and to link them in with our existing primary healthcare services (and other services as required).”
“By linking in with the existing assertive outreach Street to Home teams of Ruah Community Services and Uniting Care West, we aim to deal with the full range of health and social issues facing homeless people with a view to supporting them to secure stable permanent housing and help them break the cycle of homelessness,” she said.

The other finalists in this category are the CEDRIC Program based in Queensland and the hospice@HOME Team from Tasmania.

Homeless Healthcare’s nurse leaders Sarah Ravine and Zoe Thebaud will attend the awards on 15 October, where the winners will be announced.

Each finalist will receive a trophy in recognition of their achievement. Winners announced on the evening will share in a $30,000 prize pool, courtesy of ME.

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