Reach­ing out to home­less

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d429536

Mo­bile GP founder Dr An­drew Davies with Im­pact100 WA chair­man Si­mon Bed­brook.

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