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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…

New horizons for a man with no connection to the past

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When Joe* left prison in 2019, after more than three decades inside, he re-entered a world he scarcely knew. The connections with the large family that he grew up with in south-western Sydney had gone, he was semi-literate and had never used computers or mobile devices. Amongst his other challenges: he didn’t have ID, nor access to Centrelink and he…

Hearing the voices of First Nations people

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The Haymarket Foundation has a disproportionately high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders accessing its services. Roughly one in four clients identifies as being a First Nations person. Now the renowned Bourke Street residential rehabilitation program has a fresh focus on cultural inclusion and safety for this group. Cultural inclusion: Two Aboriginal consultants have carried out an assessment of…