Freo Street Doctor – the importance of this service for the marginalised street population
Project conducted by researchers: Prof Tom Brett, A/Prof Diane Arnold-Reed, Prof Colleen Fisher, Prof David Preen and Prof Elizabeth Geelhoed
A research project supported by the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation with a major grant in 2016 has identified the value and importance of the Freo Street Doctor run by Black Swan Health Ltd. The Freo Street Doctor provides culturally safe and non-judgemental primary health care, which aids in crisis prevention and minimises hospital referral for homeless and marginalised people.
It was found that when the Freo Street Doctor service is compared to hospital emergency department attendance costs, it is likely that it represents a substantial overall cost saving.
To read more about this project and its informative outcome go to:
Reproduced with permission from The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from Strange C, Fisher C, Chan She Ping-Delfos W, Arnold-Reed D, Brett T. A general practice street health service: Patient and allied service provider perspectives. Aust J Gen Pract 2018;47(1–2):44–48.