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.
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. https://www.svhm.org.au/health-professionals/aged-and-community-care/health-independence-program
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".
Chamberlain and Mackenzie's "cultural definition" identifies assumed shared community standards about the minimum housing that people have the right to expect, in order to live according to the conventions and expectations of a particular culture. The definition identifies those groups that fall below the minimum community standard.
The minimum community standard is a small rental flat - with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom and an element of security of tenure - because that is the minimum that most people achieve in the private rental market. However, the minimum is significantly below the culturally desired option of an owner-occupied house.
While it is true that the concepts of 'housed' and 'homeless' constitute a continuum of circumstances, there are three situations that fall below the community standard. This leads to the identification of 'primary', 'secondary' and 'tertiary' homelessness and the 'marginally housed'. (Chamberlain and Mackenzie, 1992, p.291). Taken from the ABS website:
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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
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