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Sharp rise in youth homelessness shatters stereotypes

James Farrell, Lecturer in Law at Deakin University writes: The number of Australians who were homeless on census night increased by 17% to 105,237 in the five years to August 2011. When adjusted for population growth, the increase the increase is still worryingly high, at around 8%. It’s clear we need a stronger commitment to [...]

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Making the needs of the homeless a priority for health services

When the Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local decided to prioritise action on the social determinants of health, this led to an innovative partnership that has translated into much-needed services for homeless people. The project has shown both the high needs of this group of people, as well as the importance of collaborations, says Tam [...]

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Raising awareness of the health needs of homeless people

For one nursing leader, Debra Cerasa, the recent Vinnies CEO Sleepout was an opportunity for reflecting upon the importance of the social determinants of health, and the role of nurses in working with the homeless. Meanwhile, registrations are already being sought for next year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout. *** Supporting better health for the homeless Debra [...]

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What we can learn from large-scale disasters about responding effectively to homelessness

The previous Croakey post looked at how the response to homelessness varies between Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin and according to whether it is framed as a health or a law and order issue. The article below, by Heather Holst from HomeGround Services, looks at what can be learnt from the unprecedented public and government response [...]

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How the response to homeless people varies between Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane

In the first of two Croakey articles that examine services for homeless people, Caroline Chen reports on a recent analysis suggesting people receive very different types of services depending upon whether they are in Sydney, Brisbane or Darwin, and depending upon whether homelessness is framed as a health issue or a law and order issue. [...]

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