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Supporting Homeless and Vulnerable Populations: Home

Topic Guide designed to support St Vincent's Hospital Health Independence Program (HIP) staff to help improve the quality of life for marginalised people, who are often the most vulnerable in our community.

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne mobile vaccination centre taking the jab to those on the margins

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Australian Focus

COVID-19 & Infection Control  

Emergency Department & ICU

Health Care & Services

Mental Health

Models of care


Recent reports

St Vincent Hospital's Committment to Care

This LibGuide is designed to support St Vincent's Hospital Health Independence Program (HIP) staff to help improve the quality of life for marginalised people, who are often the most vulnerable in our community.

In line with its Mission,Values and Vision, St Vincent's Health Australia reaches out to some of the most vulnerable people in the Australian community, including those living with mental illness, experiencing addiction, people who are socially and financially disadvantaged, and particularly those experiencing homelessness. St Vincent's commitment to the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community, is demonstrated by the provision of compassionate and innovative care, enabling hope for those served. 

St Vincent's Health Independence Program delivers a coordinated, integrated and interdisciplinary health and support service with a single plan of care. Clients are enabled to be the decision makers of their care, whilst being supported through self-management to achieve their healthcare goals. This accessible program is well recognised and strongly linked to the local community and service sector. This approach enhances the client experience and improves their health, wellbeing and independence.

COVID-19: St Vincent Hospital's Inclusive Health Program continues to monitor the situation for vulnerable groups and is working to support our health services at the front lines. 

St Vincent’s Mobile Immunisation Outreach Program ensures that vulnerable Melburnians are protected against COVID-19  

In partnership with the Burnett Institute, Salvation Army and Bolton Clarke Homeless Persons 
Program, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has extended its mobile immunisation outreach program to provide Melburnians experiencing homelessness with access to COVID-19 vaccinations. 

St Vincent's nurses travel with a social worker to sites across metro Melbourne every week in a fully equipped and COVID-safe van. This included visits to Salvation Army Project 614 and Flagstaff locations last week. See the full coverage on ABC News:


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How we can help vulnerable populations: Donate, get involved, advocate, support...

The Big Issue is a not-for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives.



With 49,017 women homeless in Australia every night, The Big Issue are asking corporate Australia to help them provide vulnerable women with a brighter future

Corporate partnerships are available with the Women's Subscription Enterprise for organisations interested in buying multiple subscriptions to The Big Issue. As well as receiving a great read, your organisation will receive a range of benefits.

For corporate subscription enquiries, contact Simone Busija at The Big or 9663 4533.




Homelessness in Australia

Homelessness Week 2-8 August 2020

This year the theme for Homelessness Week (#HW2020) is Everybody Needs a Home.  
A series of activities are planned in partnership with the Everybody's Home campaign​​​​​​

#HW2020 #BuildSocialHousing  @_EverybodysHome  @HomelessnessAus

Homeless, vulnerable & marginalised people need our help

Poverty has been around as a feature of societies for a long time. Maybe this is the reason that it seems to be merely accepted as "the way things are" in public discourse.

In Australia, three million people including one in six children live in economic poverty. Yet, the weight of these numbers doesn't seem to translate to urgent action by governments to address the issue. This may be because there is fatigue from hearing about the issue so often, a disbelief that poverty actually exists, or a lack of empathy for those living in poverty.  Adapted from:

As part of St Vincent's Hospital's enVision2025 focus on five populations who live in poverty and with vulnerability, there is a renewed committment to help: the homeless, those who are marginalised because of mental health conditions, the drug and alcohol addicted and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and people in prisons, .
"There is an opportunity of seeing something greater in the years ahead by growing this mission".




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