Homeless Persons' Program
Being without a home shouldn’t mean being without healthcare. Homelessness not only means not having a stable roof over your head – it can also involve living without that much-needed support network of family and friends. And it’s not easy.
The RDNS Homeless Persons Program (HPP) involves a team of specialist community health nurses who work with and on behalf of individuals and groups currently experiencing homelessness.
The aims of the RDNS Homeless Persons Program are to provide holistic healthcare to people experiencing homelessness and to improve their access to general community services. We work with other services to arrange healthcare that is accessible and relevant to the needs of the homeless, and at an equal level to that received by the general community.
RDNS helps the homeless by:
- providing contact at agencies visited by people experiencing homelessness
- actively reaching out to people in rooming houses, crisis accommodations, hotels, parks and on the street
- providing primary care, including health and social assessments, professional nursing care, counselling and active support, first aid, medication management, and follow up
- advocating on behalf of individuals experiencing homelessness (individually and as a population group)
- promoting and maintaining health and preventing illness to individuals experiencing homelessness (individually and in groups)
- implementing collaborative programs between homeless people and other health services, including public hospitals
- providing education about homelessness to health professionals and community groups
How can I access this service?
If you would like further information about HPP please call on 1300 33 44 55 or visit the administrative office at 113 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne.
Areas and programs covered by the nurses:
- Central Activities District
- Dandenong (Linx Program)
- Fitzroy (Fitzroy Outreach, St Vincent's Hospital, Referral Project, Yarra Womens' Health Service)
- Footscray (Western Region Outreach Service)
- Hawthorn Project (Salvation Army)
- Inner South (Supported Residential Service (SRS) Project)
- Inner Eastern Region (East Care Salvation Army)
- North Melbourne (Ozanam House, Ozanam Community Centre and Regina Coeli)
- Northcote (Hanover Welfare Services)
- Outer Eastern Region (East Care Salvation Army)
- Preston and Glenroy (Youth Projects with Anglicare)
- Royal Melbourne Hospital Referral Project
- St Kilda (Salvation Army Crisis Centre, Sacred Heart Mission)
- West Melbourne (Flagstaff Crisis Accommodation)
- Brimbank Outreach.
You can find more information about services for homeless people by visiting the Council to Homeless Persons web site. http://chp.org.au/