The rise of homelessness and the significant work nurses are doing to address the issue
With winter truly upon us, most of us, living in the southern part of Australia at least, dare not leave the house without thick coats, woolly hats and scarfs.
Yet with the days now darker and cooler my thoughts are with those living rough on our streets. Disturbingly, on any given morning in all capital cities you will see people wrapped up in sleeping bags and blankets sleeping on the streets and in parks.
According to the 2016 Census, homelessness in Australia has increased by 14% in five years from 2011 to 2016.
Women over the age of 55 years are the fastest growing number of people experiencing this.
Low paid jobs and domestic violence are forcing many women out of the private rental market. This is why it is crucial there is a secure and decent minimum wage, a welfare safety net and improved job security in Australia. This month’s feature of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal (ANMJ) looks into the issues causing homelessness. The article also portrays the tireless job nurses do to help improve the health and wellbeing of those living rough.
You can read the full feature article in the July edition of the ANMJ which is now online and available on their new website at http://anmj.org.au/.