People experiencing homelessness
Homelessness is a major issue for several local government areas in our region.
The 2011 Census reported that an estimated 7,761 were homeless in our region. This corresponds to a rate of homelessness of 52.9 people per 10,000 population, higher than the Victorian average of 42.6 people per 10,000. The real current figure is likely to be much higher.
Three inner-city LGAs in our region have a relatively large homeless population compared to the state average (of 42.6 people per 10,000). These are:
- Melbourne (141 per 10,000)
- Yarra (114 per 10,000 )
- Maribyrnong (98.5 per 10,000).
Other areas such as Darebin (72.7), Brimbank (61.3), Moreland (53.1) and Hume (50.5) are also above the state average.
The Melbourne local government area has a relatively large concentration of community services that draw people to the city in search of support, including health, education and housing. Data from the 2011 Census indicated that an estimated 1,233 people were homeless in the area (and the current number is also likely to be much higher).
Key areas of need that reflect this demographic profile include services targeting mental health, alcohol and drugs, sexual health, and immunisation rates.
The power of friendship
Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre
28 April 2021
Services update for residential aged care facilities in the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network catchment
15 February 2021
Update on Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines for residential aged care facilities
Australian Department of Health
5 February 2021
New temporary MBS items for residents in residential aged care facilities
Dr Jeannie Knapp, GP and NWMPHN Primary Health Care Improvement GP Adviser
4 February 2021
Have we built Utopia?
Utopia Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health
24 September 2020
Translated websites to help ‘missing’ CALD patients’ access health care during COVID-19 pandemic
31 August 2020
Accreditation tip of the month: Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
28 July 2020
Mental Health Professionals’ Network and Primary Health Networks announce national initiative
18 July 2020