After-hours primary health care services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Introduction

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) is requesting proposals for the provision of after-hours primary health care services to people who are experiencing or at risk of primary and secondary homelessness within the CESPHN region.

Background

The 2011 Census identified 105,000 Australians were experiencing homelessness, including individuals in temporary or supported accommodation, individuals ‘sleeping rough’ and individuals in severely crowded dwellings. Within New South Wales, 28,192 individuals were identified as homeless during the census, an increase of 20 per cent from the 2006 Census count. Individuals who are either at risk-of or experiencing primary and secondary homelessness often have complex health needs and poorer physical and mental health compared to the general population. Comorbidity, including mental health and substance use issues, as well as higher levels of trauma contribute to the complex health requirements of this population.

CESPHN is seeking proposals that establish, enhance or extend services that improve the access, coordination, facilitation or delivery of primary care services to people at risk of or experiencing primary and secondary homelessness. Services that operate within the after-hours time period, or are able to demonstrate that they reduce the requirement for after hours services, are eligible for funding.

Tender specifications

Please visit Tenderlink to register and to download tender documents.

Tenders close at 5 pm AEST on Monday 8 January 2018. Late applications will not be considered.