Minutes from mega-wealth, men and women are struggling

Wentworth is an electorate of contrasts. The distance from some of the most prized real estate in the world on Wolseley Road, Point Piper to the homeless men and women seeking shelter at the Bondi Beach Pavilion is no more than 10 minutes by car but it might as well be a world away. For all its wealth there are some real pockets of poverty and disadvantage.

I’m the manager of Tierney House, a homeless health service run by St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. We give homeless people a chance to rest and recuperate – along with a range of other supports – after they’ve been discharged from hospital.

Tierney House and the hospital sit on the edge of Wentworth, but our catchment covers the entire electorate and for the bulk of its constituents – whatever their status or background – St Vincent’s is their first port of call when a hospital, public or private, is needed.

For the city’s rough sleepers, the men and women who bed down on our streets every night – not just in the inner city, but also in nearby suburbs such as Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach, our hospital is the place to access any type of health care, routine or emergency.

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Source: SMH