We are proud to announce the opening of the first probono allied health clinic in Adelaide, Open Door Health Clinic.
SOS Health Foundation established the first Australian probono physiotherapy clinic in 2013, followed by Brisbane in 2014 and now it’s Adelaide’s turn! This initiative was made possible through a partnership between with The Salvation Army and University of South Australia and we are excited to be working in collaboration with these great organisations to offer Physiotherapy and Podiatry services to adults in crisis or who are experiencing homelessness, in South Australia.
This unique, student led clinic, the first of its kind in Australia, will open its doors on Wednesday, 12 May. Services will be provided by volunteer clinicians, however the partnership with UniSA provides an opportunity for final year physiotherapy and podiatry students to conduct treatments under supervision as part of their placement program.
The Open Door Health Clinic means more people who are experiencing homelessness or suffering from social poverty will have access to these essential allied health services. Helen Cowley, a long term volunteer physiotherapist at our Brisbane clinic reflects on why she chose to volunteer with SOS Health. “I was excited that SOS Health had been founded by a physio and because it recognised the value of what we do. The support, encouragement and hope that we can give individuals who have lost so much can really make the difference.”
Musculoskeletal conditions have been found to be the most common cause of long term pain and disability, with the homeless having very limited access to these services around Australia. Each person will be assessed based on their individual needs and while services will include hands on treatment, there will also be a focus on educating people about their condition and the provision of some self management strategies, to empower each individual to improve their function.
Currently one in 200 people are experiencing homelessness every night in Australia, and many more living in insecure housing, one step away from being homeless. This launch will be a celebration of making these clinical services available to all in need….Because People Matter!