“When young people have been through extensive trauma and they haven’t had mum and dad to teach them right from wrong or how to care for themselves, they need time.”

Baptist Care SA has commenced a 12 month pilot program in partnership with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The program, designed to help prevent long term illness due to the impact of homelessness, involves regular outreach visits by a nurse practitioner to the young people in our CrossRoads shelter and Inner Southern Youth Homelessness Services (ISYHS).

The nurse is able to provide a range of services, including writing mental health care plans and referrals to specialists.

It’s the first program of its kind as far as I’m aware,” says ISYHS Team Leader Amanda Newmarch. “We see young people who are sleeping rough or couch surfing and they’re not going well. They haven’t seen a doctor in years and it’s not enough just to refer them to a clinic because they’re in a bad way and often they’re not going to get there.”

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