Chronic diseases have long-lasting persistent effects that often affect people socially and economically, as well as adversely impact well-being and quality of life. People experiencing homelessness are uniquely vulnerable because they often have multiple chronic health conditions. However, not having a permanent house should not mean you cannot access health support from people who care.
Health Navigators is a new project that supports people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness, who are also living with chronic health conditions.
Through this project, volunteer nurses and health practitioners will work as ‘Health Navigators’ from our Inner City site. This involves building relationships with people in the WestCare community; and encouraging, coaching, befriending and empowering participants to manage their health conditions, so that they can experience the fullness of life.
We are looking for practising or recently retired health practitioners to give us 2-8 hours a week in the volunteer ‘Health Navigator’ role. We will prepare you for this specific volunteer role, match you with a participant, and support you on the journey.
As a Health Navigator you will:
If you want to use your health professional knowledge and skills to better the life of a vulnerable person in our community, then please contact Vicky Legge (Monday to Wednesday) M: 0427 784 745 or E: [email protected]
*This project is being undertaken as part of the Chronic Disease Integrated Partnership Grants Program, a Wellbeing SA initiative that supports improved health outcomes and experiences for people living with chronic conditions.