Supporting the Most Vulnerable - Homelessness Research

  • Research program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: September 2021
  • Expected end date: June 2023
  • Completion date: July 2023
  • Funded by: Lotterywest Prevention and Early Intervention Grant Stream
  • Lead organisation: Wungening Aboriginal Corporation

A huge gap exists in service provision for the homeless/rough sleepers who, due to living circumstances, chronic health conditions, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health issues, etc., are at a heightened risk for contracting COVID-19 and experiencing adverse outcomes. Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (Wungening) and the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), Curtin University have collaborated on several research projects in the past which have culminated in resources for the sector. Once again, we are collaborating on this project to:

  1. Identify barriers to engagement with temporary accommodation
  2. Identify the needs of this cohort during times of additional crisis, such as a pandemic/lockdown
  3. Develop an understanding of the lived experience of this cohort during the crisis – including changes in their health, mental health, AOD use, social support and service utilisation
  4. Provide recommendations for future practice

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Dr Jocelyn Jones
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1616
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Chief Investigator

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health


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Emma Vieira
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Project staff

Alcohol policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Lindey Andrews, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
  • Chief Investigator: Mandy Wilson, Curtin University
  • Chief Investigator: Julia Butt, Edith Cowan University
  • Project staff: Alice Brown, Curtin University

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets: