Reaching out to support health care

The Roaming Education and Community Health (REACH) program launched at the institute’s wellness centre in Mt Lawley provides health care and education to people such as migrants, young people and the homeless. Program coordinator Julie Fereday said there was growing demand for nursing and health care professionals, but traditional training placements at hospitals and acute care were limited. ‘This initiative provides clinical training opportunities for students as well as a service to the community,’ she said.

Student nurses from Central and Curtin University will provide three tiers of health care as a part of the program, including general health checks, education and prevention information to people facing homelessness or in transitional housing and a nurse practitioner service. Ms Fereday said this last service was primarily targeted at refugees and migrants who had not engaged with the health system, but who often had specific health care needs.