Current Research & Evaluations

Homeless Health Service Evaluations

COMET and Tierney House Evaluation

Way2Home Evaluation

 

Current Research

In 2019, St Vincent’s Homeless Health Service established a program of research focused on the impact of the homeless health service on access to care. Current projects include:

  • Adaptation and implementation of a homeless health vulnerability index
  • Optimising scope of practice of the nursing workforce to increase access to care for people experiencing or at high risk of vulnerability
  • Evaluating rehabilitation needs, access and service provision among people experiencing homelessness who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Project Title: Improving access to COVID-19 Vaccinations for People Experiencing Homelessness

Background
The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to other agencies in the development and delivery of vaccine hubs for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The model of care described here is also relevant to vaccination efforts targeting other hard to reach or marginalised people and communities. The contents of this blueprint are based on the experiences of those involved in the Inner City COVID-19 Vaccine Hub at the Ozanam Learning Centre, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW. A summary of the key aspects of the Vaccine Hub are provided below including the stakeholders involved, the model of care, and the equipment and training required. Associate Professor Jane Currie, Queensland University of Technology, is leading a research collaboration with St Vincent’s Hospital Network Sydney, to establish an evidence base to underpin the model of care developed for the Vaccine Hub. The research findings will be available in 2022.

Read more here.

 

Project Title: Optimising scope of practice of the nursing workforce to increase access to care for people experiencing or at high risk of vulnerability.

Team: Dr Jane Currie, Lucy McWilliams, Anna Thornton, Joanne Taylor, Matt Larkin, Kathryn Riddell, Sandy Middleton

Duration: November 2020 – November 2021

Project Aim: To identify how the nursing workforce can increase access to care for people experiencing or at high risk of vulnerability that St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney serves. 

Background
There are untapped opportunities within the nursing workforce at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney to increase access to care for people experiencing or at high risk of vulnerability. The nursing scope of practice is often underutilised due to a lack of confidence or knowledge, lack of clarity of identified referral pathways and policies supporting nurse led care. This project will optimise nursing scope of practice by identifying the required skills, knowledge and attributes required by nurses (registered nurses and nurse practitioners) to provide preventative and curative care for St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney priority groups, including people experiencing homelessness, people experiencing a mental illness, Aboriginal people and people who use substances.

For further information contact Dr Jane Currie: jane.currie@qut.edu.au

 

Project Title: Adaptation and implementation of a homeless health vulnerability index

Team: Dr Jane Currie, Elizabeth Grech, Erin Longbottom, Amy Cason, Ruth Hastings, Jasmine Yee, Amy Aitkenhead, Matt Larkin, Karin Obrecht

Duration: January 2020 – January 2021

Project Aim: To adapt and develop a vulnerability index to be used to assess ability to access care and the need to access care, of people experiencing homelessness.

Background
The focus of this project is the adaptation, further development and implementation of a vulnerability index to the Homeless Health Service, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. The purpose of the index is to assess ability to access care and the need to access care of people experiencing homelessness, in order to enable more focussed prioritisation of available health resources.

For further information contact Dr Jane Currie: jane.currie@qut.edu.au

 

Project title: Evaluating rehabilitation needs, access and service provision among people experiencing homelessness who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 

Team: Dr Christine Shiner, Dr Simon Mosalski, Matthew Larkin, Valerie Bramah, Dr Jane Currie, Karon McDonell, Prof Steven Faux, A/Prof Fiona Haigh 

Project Duration: Jan 2021- Jan 2022

Funding: Inclusive Health Innovation Fund, St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research 

Background
People who experience homelessness are particularly vulnerable to problems with their physical and psychological health, and international research has identified that approximately half suffer a brain injury at some point in their life. In the broader population, rehabilitation is known to improve health outcomes and promote recovery following brain injury. However, it is not known whether routine rehabilitation services are accessible and adequately used by people who experience homelessness. This project aims to formally evaluate the accessibility and provision of rehabilitation for people experiencing homelessness who have sustained a TBI. We will explore how often those experiencing homelessness would benefit from rehabilitation; what they need from rehabilitation; whether they can access what they need, and/or whether there are certain barriers which prevent them from accessing current rehabilitation services. 

For further info contact Dr Christine Shiner: Christine.shiner@svha.org.au