Publications

Posted 21-01-2022
Impact Report: Mobile Health Service for people experiencing homelessness or are vulnerably housed

People living on the streets and women experiencing domestic, family, and sexual violence experience higher rates of morbidity and mortality than the general community. Economic factors such as income and high rents, combined with significant health conditions, all contribute to barriers in accessing both healthcare and safe and affordable housing.

Brisbane City Council provided funding of $1 million over 5 years to assist in developing partnerships and initiatives. Micah Projects also has funding to address health inequality in partnership with Queensland Health (Housing and Homelessness Programs), St Vincent’s Health Australia (DV Nurse), Mater (Brisbane Common Ground), Flannery Foundation, and PHN South and North Brisbane.

Posted 16-12-2021
Keeping Families Together Supportive Housing for Families Evaluation Report

The Keeping Families Together (KFT) Supportive Housing pilot project was launched in Brisbane to provide supportive housing for families experiencing multiple vulnerabilities (i.e.,extremely low income, at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and at risk of or experiencing intervention by the child protection system). Funded for an initial 12 months by the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and delivered by Micah Projects and Common Ground Queensland, the pilot brought together a multidisciplinary team of experts to deliver secure and affordable housing for 20 families, along with intensive and holistic family supports.

Posted 15-06-2021
Towards an Equitable and Inclusive Housing System for All Housing — a platform for embedded Healthcare, Cultural, Community and Family Services

Document Co-ordinated by Karyn Walsh for the Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness (BAEH).

This paper brings together our journey and thinking about how we continue the progress made to end homelessness in Brisbane.
It reflects conversations, practice wisdom, feedback from people with lived experience, policy makers, practitioner’s experiences and ideas. And is informed by international, national, and local evidence—based practice, including emerging practices, to the ever changing economic and social circumstances of a city such as Brisbane.

This is a place-based reflection and experience. We have worked with Community Solutions USA and a national community of practice through the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness in developing the Brisbane Zero Project.

For more information, see brisbanezero.org.au

Posted 15-06-2021
SUMMARY: Towards an Equitable and Inclusive Housing System for All Housing — a platform for embedded Healthcare, Cultural, Community and Family Services

A short version of the 'Towards an Equitable and Inclusive Housing System for All Housing' Discussion Paper.

Document Co-ordinated by Karyn Walsh for the Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness (BAEH).

For more information, see brisbanezero.org.au

Posted 01-03-2021
Lotus Support Services Disability Royal Commission Newsletter Jan/Feb

In 2020 the team here at Lotus Support Services (LSS) began our new mission with the opening of new offices in West End, Brisbane. Counsellors dedicated to the Disability Royal Commission were appointed in Lotus Place in Townsville and Rockhampton and a small team began work here in Brisbane. The Disability Royal Commission pressed ahead with their hearings via ZOOM and by the end of the year they had released an excellent Interim Report summing up their findings and identifying the gaps in services and processes that are out-dated and intrinsically disadvantageous to people living with disability.

Posted 01-06-2020
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 25-02-2020
Young Mothers for Young Women Caboolture Service Evaluation

An evaluation of the first twelve months of operation of Young Mothers for Young Women Caboolture (YMYWC). The service, which opened in May 2018, is funded by the Queensland Government to provide a community-based integrated health and family support service to pregnant and parenting young women, their children and partners where appropriate.

During the evaluation, health and human service professionals, including YMYWC staff, identified that young mothers and their families have a diverse range of needs for which a service response is required. These needs include access to: housing, financial support, antenatal and postnatal care, health and mental health services, effective responses to intimate partner violence (IPV), parenting information, and opportunities for developing peer and community networks.

Posted 06-12-2019
Shared Strength: Parents taking their place at the table
After more than ten years of advocacy, the Family Inclusion Network (FIN) South East Queensland has delivered on the Hon. Minister Di Farmer’s desire to hear directly from parents.

The ‘Shared Strength’ document summarises the advocacy journey, and features some parents’ answers to the question “What is the most important feedback about the child protection system that you would like to give?”. Deeper detail, in fact dozens of pages of direct quotes from parents are available in the full transcript of parents voices 2018–19.

‘Shared Strength’ also commemorates the significant commitment - in 2019 - to a permanent Queensland Parent Advisory Committee of parents, the Minister, and Department of Child Safety.

Posted 10-05-2019
How Government investment in housing can boost the economy

"Insecure housing has a range of detrimental impacts, and is associated with poor physical and mental health, poor education outcomes, reduced social connectedness and social participation and is both a cause and effect of insecure employment. Taken together these factors have, in part, driven significant rises in homelessness since 2001."

An article published as a partnership between The McKell Institute and PwC, May 2019.