Posted 12-04-2018
The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities: A Health and Social Cost Too High

Authors: Paul Flatau, Katie Tyson, Zoe Callis, Ami Seivwright, Emily Box, Lobna Rouhani, Noah Lester, Daniel Firth, Sze-Wan Ng

Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA) 2018 Report

This groundbreaking report represents the first analysis of the consolidated Registry Week data across Australia. 

The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities: A Health and Social Cost Too High represents the first analysis of the consolidated Registry Week data across Australia. The consolidated Registry Week data provides the largest and richest collection of information on people experiencing homelessness in Australian capital and regional cities outside the Census and the national administrative data for homelessness services, the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection.

The report aims to:

  1. Provide a profile of the backgrounds of people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
  2. Examine the length of time those interviewed have spent homeless and have been without stable accommodation.
  3. Assess the medical conditions and healthcare needs of those experiencing homelessness, their current use of healthcare, and the accompanying costs to the healthcare system.
  4. Understand the history of interaction with the justice system of those experiencing homelessness, and their current exposure to harm and risk.
  5. Examine the financial circumstances of those experiencing homelessness and their social needs.
  6. Detail in the words of those interviewed what they feel they need in order to be safe and well.
  7. Provide recommendations for future strategies and studies that aim to inform best practice approaches to ending homelessness in Australia.
Posted 11-04-2018
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 10-04-2018
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 09-04-2018
Statistical Overview of Homelessness 2016

How does the ABS enumerate homelessness in Australia and how do findings in Queensland compare to trends nationally? Phillip Lui, acting Assistant Director of the Homelessness Statistics work program in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, shares the methodology and findings on homelessness from the latest census.

Posted 16-10-2017
A Future for All Children: Addressing Child Poverty in Australia

To mark Anti-Poverty Week 2017, ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service) released a briefing paper addressing the scourge of child poverty in Australia.

“Australia has experienced 20 years of sustained economic growth and is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. 

Despite our wealth, the latest ACOSS Poverty in Australia report (2016) found of the three million people living in poverty in Australia, 731,000 are children, representing one in six (17%) of children under the age of 15. This figure has increased by 2 percentage points over the past ten years.

Single parent families locked out of paid work are at particularly high risk of poverty. Forty per cent of all children in poverty in Australia live in single parent households. 

We can and must do better.” 

Posted 10-10-2017
Integrated Healthcare and Supportive Housing

Author: Dr Cameron Parsell 

This report presents the findings of an evaluative study examining an Integrated Healthcare and Supportive Housing model at Brisbane Common Ground.

The study has three aims:

  • to investigate the nature of the Integrated Healthcare and Supportive Housing model
  • to examine the impact of integrating healthcare and supportive housing
  • to identify and evaluate tenant experiences of the model.
Posted 08-09-2017
Remembrance Day 2017

A Tribute to Historical Abuse Network and all individuals who have experienced abuse in institutions, foster care and detention centers.

Presented by Karyn Walsh, CEO Micah Projects: 6 September 2017

Download the audio of the Remembrance Day 2017 address. (Audio by Daniel Cosgrove. Not professional sound quality)

"Your realities are no longer able to be called lies, a psychiatric condition, the over-active imagination of a child or scurrilous lies. Your intent has always been to create justice and we applaud your courage and determination."

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.