The RDNS Homeless Person’s Program (HPP) identified a high level of unmet need for nursing services in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston.
In 2013 the HPP received funding to extend the program to Frankston. As a result of the work undertaken by the team in the Frankston, community nursing services were approved and the HPP was successfully rolled out, directly benefiting people living rough and people at risk of homelessness in the area.
The team was able to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the homeless population and brought on new clients who are now engaging in and connecting with services.
They have successfully addressed the health and wellbeing needs of homeless people in Frankston by connecting them with medical, psychiatric, psychological, dental, optometric, housing and financial services plus additional social and recreational services including a community garden, cooking sessions, lawn bowls and a “Pets in the Park” program.