A guiding principle of St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) is to demonstrate our commitment to serving people who are vulnerable, materially poor, powerless and marginalised.
The organisations Social Outreach services, within the Community Services arm of SJGHC, is a key way the organisation carries out this Vision by identifying areas of need in our community and dedicating substantial resources to provide services directly to people in need of our care.
These services operate across Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and in Timor-Leste.
Available to all members of the community, not just SJGHC hospital patients, the services are free of charge or provided at minimal cost.
Service areas include:
- early intervention for vulnerable young people through the Horizon House Program
- specialised mental health care for families before, during and after pregnancy delivered by Raphael Services
- community mental health care and support in Fremantle as well as services in Victoria
- accommodation services in western and inner Sydney for people with chronic mental illness
- international health care capacity building in Timor-Leste.
CEO Social Outreach Bev East said that the range of services had a focus on early intervention and capacity building.
“We focus on early intervention, particularly across our mental health and youth services, as we know that it can have significant and life changing consequences for a person’s emotional health and wellbeing,” she said.
“All of our services recognise the unique dignity of every person and are delivered with compassion to enable individuals to realise a brighter future for themselves.”
More than 200 qualified and skilled caregivers work across 36 sites delivering care and support to communities in need across three states.
”Last year our caregivers provided care and support to more than 3,800 clients. This included the provision of 138 beds to adults and young people, through our Horizon House and Casa Venegas programs, which accounted for almost 40,000 bed nights. Our community mental health and Raphael Services delivered more than 32,900 counselling sessions.
“We’re proud to serve our community in this way and are always looking at where we can do more and how we can work more effectively to help more people in need.”
For more information visit www.sjog.org.au/socialoutreach
From page 24 of Issue 10: ‘Social Outreach’ of The Record Magazine