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A culturally appropriate place to heal

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At the worst of his drinking, Matt ended up in a Sydney hospital four times in just two months. “The staff were sick of me,” he recalls. “I remember spending Christmas in emergency and new year in the psych ward.” Drinking at 14, he spent the next 16 years in a cycle of alcohol abuse and despair. “I was underweight,…

A warm welcome for everyone

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People experiencing homelessness like Tyler are frequently turned away: from housing and other essential services. Here at the Haymarket Foundation, we know that homelessness and health are interlinked. That’s why we have started a medical practice dedicated to the health needs of this group – and to end of the cycle of homelessness and disadvantage. No-one will be turned away…

Moving on from a small pond

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One of Michael’s significant early milestones was grim: as a toddler, he almost drowned after falling into a pond in the Central West of NSW. The rest of his childhood was also traumatic: beatings, an alcoholic mother and a predatory stepfather. “By the time I was 18, I was an addict. By 19, I could see how it was making…

Cooking up a new future

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On the day Archie’s ankle bracelet was removed after five years, he also got another break: his first safe and stable accommodation in some time. “I’ve been in and out of custody since I was 11,” he says. “Every time I’d get out, I was only out for about four weeks and then I’d be locked up again.” Around the…

A road less travelled

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Cars have always been a feature of Ericka-Jayne’s life: there was a successful smash repair business, later a period of stealing vehicles to help support a drug habit. “I was known as the Seven Hills car park bandit. It went on for years until A Current Affair caught me.” While that landed some community service, life has since moved on…

More support for our GP practice

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There’s been increasing support for the Haymarket Foundation’s medical practice focused on the health needs of people experiencing homelessness. In 2022, a purpose-designed bulk-billing practice will open opposite Central Station. In the meantime, face-to-face consultations at the Chippendale practice are ramping up. The City of Sydney has awarded a three-year grant to help pay for the salary of a nurse….

A few words from our CEO this festive season

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For many of us, Christmas this year will be a special time spent with our family and friends that we’ve missed during lockdown. For some of our clients, Christmas is a difficult and lonely time typified by a decline in mental health and increased substance use.  To help, we try to bring a little joy each year with activities such…

Food, glorious food!

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The Haymarket Foundation is working towards improving the nutrition and health outcomes of people experiencing homelessness. Many residential clients have compromised immune systems due to ongoing medical conditions including HIV, and alcohol and other drug issues. There is an international evidence base which emphasizes that a diet comprising of fresh, seasonal and unprocessed ingredients is vital to support the health…

Drop-in service for people experiencing homelessness

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People experiencing or at-risk of homelessness will have access to a unique medical practice specialising in their health needs, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. In addition to improving health, the practice will work towards ending homelessness, by supporting patients to navigate systems which are often inter-related: health and housing. The Haymarket Foundation General Practice will be run as a…

Our specialist GP service begins

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A new specialist GP service for people experiencing homelessness has begun work in Sydney. Initially, the female GP worked part-time via Telehealth. But since early November, the doctor began seeing patients face-to-face out of the medical centre at the Haymarket Foundation’s crisis accommodation facility in Chippendale (see image). In the first weeks of the service: 30% of patients have had…