As part of our wrap-around holistic service for young people experiencing homelessness, we have an onsite specialist youth-focused nurse, Cath Flanagan, through our partnership with the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) Homeless Persons Program. She is available three days a week to assist with general health assessments and appropriate referrals to specialist health care, including dental, optical, pathology, sexual health, and pregnancy/parenting support.
Many young people would not access health care services on their own due to lack of valid Medicare or healthcare cards, difficulty negotiating the healthcare system, missed letters of appointments due to lack fixed address, and misunderstanding of the importance of their follow up appointments. Nurse Cath is a strong advocate for the health of the young people and also for systemic change so that the mainstream health care system can better accommodate homeless young people.
Hope Street is also proud to participate in the annual RDNS Where the Heart is... Community Festival.