Publications

Posted 17-08-2017
Self-management of health care: multimethod study of using integrated health care and supportive housing to address systematic barriers for people experiencing homelessness

By Dr Cameron Parsell, Charlotte ten Have, Michelle Denton, Zoe Walter

Australian Health Review, Published online: 7 April 2017 

"Extending the evidence about housing as a social determinant of health, the present study shows that integrated health care and supportive housing enabled tenants to take control to self-manage their health care. In addition to homelessness directly contributing to ill health, the present study provides evidence of how the experience of homelessness contributes to exclusions from mainstream healthcare."

Posted 08-06-2017
Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness: A Review of Issues and Current Practices, 2016​

Author: Ross Westoby. The aim of this review is to synthesise issues and models of practice around the nexus between mental health, housing and homelessness. 

The context for this review is to better understand how issues of mental health, housing and homelessness might be more sustainably overcome throughout the Brisbane Local Government Area from a review of practices employed here and elsewhere. This review brings together evidence based and best practice models that intercede this area. 

Posted 28-04-2017
Pathways Evaluation Report December 2014 – December 2016

Two-year evaluation of Pathways, a Hospital Admission and Discharge Pilot Project, which documents the outcomes of participants throughout their involvement in the service. 

Since program commencement in December 2014 Micah Projects staff, through the Home for Good Coordinated Access and Referral Team (CART) and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane nurses, have been working together along with partnering hospital units. We have established a unique service in Brisbane that targets vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness with complex health and social support needs. This pilot forms part of the Inclusive Health’s Integrated Programs that are delivered in partnership by Micah Projects, Mater Health Services and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane. While the budget for Pathways is modest at $229,266 per annum the integration of funded nursing staff with CART staff has allowed the service to more fully support and address the range of complex health and social needs. 

Posted 27-04-2017
Pathways Hospital Admission and Discharge Pilot Project Indicative Cost-Benefit Analysis

Indicative Cost-Benefit Analysis (ICBA) for the Pathways Hospital Admission and Discharge Pilot Project for the 2-year period of operation, January 2015 to December 2016. 

The Pathways project is funded by the Queensland Department of Health, and delivered by Micah Projects’ Home for Good service in partnership with St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Brisbane. The overall goal of the Pathways project is to improve health and social outcomes for homeless and vulnerably-housed people with multiple morbidities and complex social needs. Pathways is a targeted, integrated model of care that provides person-centred admission and discharge planning, care coordination, direct nursing care, and housing assistance to referred patients at point-of-discharge from hospital.

Posted 08-03-2017
Housing First: a foundation for recovery toolkit

Breaking the cycle of Brisbane’s housing, homelessness and mental health challenges

This 2017 Housing First for Mental Health plan demonstrates how a Housing First evidence-informed approach to ending homelessness assists people who are homeless and living with mental illness to move quickly into permanent housing. 

The Housing First: a foundation for recovery toolkit has been developed by the Brisbane South PHN (BSPHN) Partners in Recovery Consortium – a group of 10 non-government organisations partnered with BSPHN to support people with severe and persistent mental health issues.

As a group of agencies, we are committed to changing our practices and the systems we work within to bring Housing First to people with severe mental illness. The culmination of our recent work is this action plan and associated fact sheets on Housing First and Integrated Healthcare models. We have worked together to understand Brisbane’s housing, homelessness and mental health challenges, and map out how Housing First can be implemented for people with mental illness in our community. As organisations who are supporting people with recovery, we understand the crucial importance of getting clinical treatment services to people wherever they are. This report provides models, evidence and recommendations for how that can be achieved – primarily through embedding multidisciplinary teams in community services and integrating those services with permanent housing. 

Posted 17-10-2016
Poverty in Australia 2016 report - child poverty on the rise

Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)' report shows that 731,300 children or 17.4% of all children in Australia are living in poverty, an increase of 2 percentage points over the past 10 years (from 2004-2014).

The report finds that nearly three million people were living in poverty in Australia in 2014, or 13.3% of the general population.

“The overall picture from the last decade is one of persistent and entrenched poverty across the community with an increase in child poverty. It is a national shame that after 25 years of economic growth, we have not done better at changing this trajectory and ensuring our most precious national resource, our children, are given the best possible start in life,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

Posted 10-09-2016
Brisbane Common Ground Evaluation Snapshot

Brisbane Common Ground is run on a unified supportive housing model. The positive relationships and shared objectives of housing, support, and security providers are the key to its success.

This 2016 snapshot is from Brisbane Common Ground Evaluation: Final Report by Dr Cameron Parsell. The report was prepared for the Queensland Government, Department of Housing and Public Works by the Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland. 

Posted 10-08-2016
Housing First: A roadmap to ending homelessness in Brisbane

A permanent end to homelessness in Brisbane can and should be a reality, but no single organisation can achieve this in isolation. This 2016 Roadmap provides a practical action plan for government and non-government agencies, businesses and individual citizens to work together, so a permanent end to homelessness is a reality.

Posted 25-07-2016
What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?

Report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), July 2016

AHURI Final Report No.265

Authors: Lisa Wood, Paul Flatau, Kaylene Zaretzky, Sarah Foster, Shannen Vallesi, Darja Miscenko.
Copyright: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited 2016

This research found that supporting formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness into public housing in Western Australia reduced their use of health services as well as the frequency with which they did so. The reduction in health service use, which was particularly evident for hospital stays and psychiatric care, could save WA $4,846 per person per year for a total of $16.4 million per year. This increases to $84,135 per person per year for clients of the NPAH Mental Health program.

Posted 26-11-2015
500 Lives 500 Homes – halfway there!

We know the problem, we have the solutions and we’ve identified the strategies and goals that will see us through the next half of the campaign and beyond.

500 Lives 500 Homes is a three year campaign to break the cycle of homelessness for 500 families, young people and adults in our community who are homeless or vulnerably housed. By getting to know each person by name and surveying their individual health, housing and support needs, we can respond in the best way to each person and get them housed fast.