Reaching out to homeless
MOBILE GP will be able to launch a two- year pilot program next month involving two nurses walking CBD streets to engage with homeless people – thanks to a $100,000 Impact100 WA grant.
Launched in 2008, the medical non-profit group started with drop-in clinics and expanded to treat people in transition accommodation and at its West Leederville practice.
Founder Andrew Davies said there was a group of homeless people with serious health problems who did not have access to any help.
“We will have nurses going to outreach clinics and walking the streets to get these people engaged,” Dr Davies said.
“It’s been a seven-year dream.”
Dr Davies won over Impact100 WA’s 110 members at the recent 2014 awards dinner, where other finalists Kalparrin, Autism West and the School Volunteer Program were each awarded $10,000.
The School Volunteer Program received $5000 from one of Impact100 WA’s anonymous members.
Impact100 WA chairman Simon Bedbrook said the group wanted to expand to 200 members next year so it could present two $100,000 grants to nonprofit groups.
“In only its third year, the members of Impact100 WA are making a signifi- cant contribution to the Western Australian charitable sector by making large-scale donations of money and time,” Mr Bedbrook said.
“Collectively we have now given WA charities $390,000.”
Nicola Forrest recently became a Patron of Impact100 WA.
Mobile GP founder Dr Andrew Davies with Impact100 WA chairman Simon Bedbrook.