How homeless men use health clinics

Last month, the City of Sydney’s homelessness count recorded over 480 people sleeping rough. It’s the highest number of rough sleepers since the count began in 2010, and an overwhelming 82% of rough sleepers are male.

Homeless people are a challenge for a range of services, including the health sector. But the Matthew Talbot Health Clinic in inner Sydney has been making health services accessible to homeless men for the last 30 odd years.

UTS has recently been involved in research looking at the effectiveness of the service. Ellen Leabeater finds out why it has been a success.


Julie Smith – Team Leader, Matthew Talbot Hostel Primary Healthcare Clinic

Michael Roche – Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health

Image: Nickolas Nikolic on Flickr.

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