Health & Wellbeing

Intersections of Health and Homelessness

It is a common understanding that poor health can contribute to being homeless, and being homeless can lead to poor health. 

Although information and statistics are difficult to obtain, it is widely known that homelessness is associated with a number of physical and mental problems. 

Firstly, health problems themselves can cause a person to become or remain homeless. The leading example is major mental illness. Secondly, living a life of someone who is homeless may cause and exacerbate a wide range of health problems.  Finally, the state of being homeless makes the treatment and management of most illnesses more difficult even if services are available. Examples of this can be found for alcoholism and nearly any chronic illness.

This page is a resource for those working within the homelessness sector (especially in the eastern  region) who are seeking information to support their clients.

Sector News

Homelessness week gives us the opportunity to think about what having a home means to those of us who have them and to consider what it might be like for those who don’t. This week also provides an opportunity for those who are concerned about the numbers of people experiencing homelessness in Victoria to take action.
 

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Training

Wodonga Institute of TAFE and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) offer the specialist homelessness sector training calendar. As of May 2020 an alternate Training Calendar for the Homelessness Sector has been developed to include online  seminars.

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workers toolkit

Client Supports and Activities

The Space4Us online program is for young people who have a parent, or other family members, affected by mental illness. The program aims to give young people the opportunity to meet peers with similar experiences, to learn more about mental illness , to explore ways of coping, and to take some time out and have fun! There is a chance for young people to win some awesome prizes!

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Research and Reports

Children’s Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains is an article written by National Scientific Council on the developing child. 

A growing body of scientific evidence tells us that emotional development begins early in life, that it is a critical aspect of the development of overall brain architecture, and that it has enormous consequences over the course of a lifetime. These findings have far-reaching implications for policymakers and parents, and, therefore, demand our attention.

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Practitioner Resources

Message from Mental Health Academy

The Australian bushfire crisis has impacted millions, putting individuals, families and entire communities at higher risk of trauma and psychological/emotional distress.
 
In response, many mental health professionals across the country are putting their hands up to assist those impacted by the disaster.

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