Project brings nursing care to homeless shelter

A Brisbane pilot project introducing nursing care to a homeless shelter is set to continue (Bigstock)

A Brisbane Mass centre that doubles as a sanctuary for the city's homeless and vulnerable has teamed up with a Catholic health care provider to introduce a regular visit by a registered nurse. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Emmanuel City Mission director Roby Curtis says over the past few years, the site on Merivale Street in South Brisbane has transformed from a “trendy homeless shelter” to an active Mass centre, where the Emmanuel Community gathers for Sunday Mass each week.

It was clear when people walked in the door that this place is a Catholic mission, Mr Curtis said, but you will “meet our kindness before you’ll meet our ritual”.

The Emmanuel City Mission team has taken this idea one step further through a partnership with St Vincent’s Care Services, which has been sending a nurse to the site once a week as part of their social accountability program.

St Vincent’s Care Services mission leader Troy Tornabene said the community nurse project formed from the following conversations with Mr Curtis and his team, he said.

St Vincent’s community care nurse Melissa Evans, who has been visiting the shelter in four-hour windows on Tuesdays for the past few months, said the outreach mission to the shelter provided support to people who might not want to approach traditional nursing support or go to hospital for varying reasons.

“Building rapport is really important,” she said.

Mr Tornabene said while the nurse support was a pilot project set for an initial six months, they had every intention to continue based on the response they had received.


Emmanuel City Mission is working with St Vincent’s to bring nursing care to homeless and vulnerable (By Joe Higgins, The Catholic Leader)

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