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Our best performance yet

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A proud day: (l-r) Quality Coordinator Valda Allen, Team leader Dinsel Davies, Case Manager Rory Jackson and Operations Manager Gabi De Knock The Haymarket Foundation has been commended for its response to the pandemic in its most recent assessment by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS). Every four years, a full assessment is carried out on all health service…

Thanks to our outgoing CEO

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From the Chairman, the Hon. Kevin Rozzoli It is with both sadness and gratitude that I announce Peter Valpiani’s departure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Haymarket Foundation, effective 20 May 2022. Since 2017, Peter has played a critical role in the transformation of the Foundation into an innovative, sustainable organisation. During his time, Peter led the organisation through…

Navigating a life in the homelessness services sector

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Hello! I’m Camilla Williams, the new manager of Homelessness Services here at the Haymarket Foundation. Growing up around Darlinghurst in the 1990s, I met a lot of amazing people who were experiencing homelessness. I learnt that homelessness can happen to anyone. There was one guy, Harry, who became a friend. I really valued our friendship and loved hearing all his…

Our award-winning medical practice

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The Haymarket Foundation is proud to serve people at-risk or experiencing homelessness in Sydney – and to win an award is an added bonus. The team behind the Haymarket Foundation’s medical practice has won a national award for its work. During an online gala presentation for the HESTA Impact Awards, the staff took out the team innovation category. The award…

A lasting legacy for people experiencing homelessness

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A reclusive and frugal GP, the late Dr Dianne Houghton, has quietly made a lasting difference to Sydney’s homeless community. Dr Houghton, who worked for much of her life at Laurieton, near Port Macquarie and occasionally attended Christ Church St Laurence, near Central Station, left a multi-million dollar bequest when she died in 2018. She established a charitable Trust in…

Omicron: how homelessness services are faring

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Frontline workers have been under extra stress during the festive season, with many working extra shifts as colleagues test positive, or are forced into self-isolation. This comes as many residents in the Haymarket Foundation’s crisis accommodation facility were also affected by Omicron, despite increased infection control. Those residents have now recovered and returned to the refuge in Sydney’s Chippendale. “We…

We are national finalists!

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The team behind the Haymarket Foundation’s medical practice have been named as finalists in a national award. The team, which provides accessible health care and chronic care management to people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, is a finalist in the HESTA Impact Awards. The service is operating out of a practice in Chippendale, with a purpose-designed drop-in GP practice to…

A lifeline extended for non-residents

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The new year will start on a brighter note for 12 non-Australian residents who were forced into rough sleeping during the second lockdown. Government funding has been extended for their hotel-style accommodation until 10 January – and the Haymarket Foundation will continue its support of this group including asylum seekers, refugees and other non-residents. This group are not entitled to…

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…