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Call for contributions to March edition of Parity; Frontline Response to Housing and Homelessness

St Vincent's Health Australia, which is under the stewardship of Mary Aikenhead Ministries - a Catholic Social Services Victoria member organisation - is sponsoring the upcoming edition of Parity, which is calling for contributions to its upcoming March 2020 edition. The theme is 'The Frontline Response to Health and Homelessness', which will focus on the work and role of some of the front line services that are dedicated to providing health care and improving health outcomes to those experiencing homelessness.
 
The aim of this edition is to discuss the work that is being done and to examine how different services and programs are making a difference to the health and lives of people experiencing homelessness. Deadline for contributions is 6 March 2020. 
 
People experiencing homelessness often have poor health outcomes, with high rates of untreated chronic diseases, substance use, mental illness and premature death. Many are not linked to mainstream primary health care and cannot prioritise their health over daily survival needs.
 
Consequently, health seeking is often delayed, resulting in high rates of late-stage presentation to Emergency Departments and more serious illness. In many instances these outcomes may have been prevented through proactive and timely primary care intervention. 

Health issues among people who are homeless invariably cluster with, and are exacerbated by other social determinants of health, including trauma, poverty, unemployment and social disconnection.

Indigenous Australians are 14 times more likely to become homeless than non-Indigenous people, and their homelessness experiences are likely to be more severe. Prisoners post-release are over-represented in the homeless population; as are those escaping domestic violence or who have experienced significant trauma. All of these factors challenge traditional clinical boundaries and health system responses. 

This edition of Parity will focus on the work and role of some of the front line services that are dedicated to providing health care and improving health outcomes to those experiencing homelessness. The aim of this edition is to discuss the work that is being done and to examine how different services and programs are making a difference to the health and lives of people experiencing homelessness. 

Download full outline, here.
 
 
 




 
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