Our state’s first 24/7 Medical Respite Centre to address the current gap in caring for people who are experiencing homelessness has opened.
Located in the Perth CBD the former Witch’s Hat Backpackers Hostel is now a 20-bed facility that will accommodate those after a hospital presentation or admission.
The State Government allocated $4.4 million for two years of operation with the facility a key deliverable of the Sustainable Health Review. The review highlighted the complexity of issues facing one of the most vulnerable groups in our society – people experiencing homelessness.
Residents can stay for up to 14 days in one of the 20 medical beds on offer. During their stay, they’ll not only receive basic medical care but wrap around support for housing, employment, financial services and much more. Improving health and social outcomes in a safe, restorative environment.
“People who suffer from chronic homelessness often have complex needs relating to health, mental health, disabilities, abuse and addiction,” Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said.
“This Centre will serve the dual purpose of addressing the health concerns of vulnerable patients experiencing homelessness, while providing an important opportunity for them to link in with a range of funded support services while they are being cared for in a stable environment.
“In line with other measures being delivered under the McGowan Government’s long-term strategy to address homelessness, All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030, this centre draws on evidence to help break the cycle of homelessness by addressing some of its underlying causes,” Ms McGurk said.
The centre will be operated by Homeless Healthcare with Ruah Community Services and Uniting WA.
Photo Credit | Homeless Healthcare/via Facebook.