Authors: Judith Hopwood, NSW
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014, Northern Sydney Local Health District, the Northern Sydney Medicare Local , Hornsby shire, homelessness, Partners In Recovery (PIR)
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In many ways homelessness and mental illness are synonymous, with more than a third of those falling into homelessness having a mental illness and another third developing a mental illness whilst experiencing homelessness. There have been many policies and projects undertaken over time to address the massive issues faced when a person is homeless and has a mental illness, but for a significant number of people there has been little success. The new project titled Partners In Recovery (PIR) is seeking to strengthen the approach to working with homeless people to end homelessness and to do this will form partnerships with key people and organisations. In the Northern Sydney Local Health District, the Northern Sydney Medicare Local has commenced a project utilising PIR in order to better assist homeless people in the Hornsby Shire. The concept of partnerships to aid recovery illustrates social justice and social inclusion and tells us that ‘what we share makes us strong’.