The SVHA Inclusive Health Program

St Vincent’s Inclusive Health Program is a national initiative to enhance our care for people who are poor and vulnerable. The program funds projects that address the impacts of poverty, marginalisation and vulnerability on health and access to healthcare.

Priority groups for the program include:

  • People experiencing mental illness
  • People experiencing alcohol and other drug addiction
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People in prison

Types of projects funded by the program include service innovation, research and advocacy.

  • Service innovation projects build staff capacity to work with vulnerable people, and increase the efficacy and accessibility of services for our priority groups.
  • Research projects build understanding of the needs of our priority groups, and identify ways to improve our services.
  • Advocacy projects promote policies that help make sure everyone has access to health and healthcare.

Read more about the Inclusive Health vision and strategy here.

News & Events

News archive

The Frontline Response to Health & Homelessness - special Parity Magazine edition

The Inclusive Health Program has undertaken a joint project with Parity Magazine, a national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons to produce an issue dedicated to health and homelessness entitled ‘The Frontline Response to Health and Homelessness’.

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The Inclusive Health Program's Covid-19 Response

The Inclusive Health Program funded a number of projects at our Sydney and Melbourne facilities to ensure the needs of people from margninalised communities continue to be met during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Inclusive Health & Covid-19

The Inclusive Health Program remains focused on the health of people from margninalised communities during Covid-19

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Research Week 2019 at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

Research Week 2019 at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

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You can develop an Inclusive Health project

St Vincent’s employees from any division can apply to develop a project, and you can submit an expression of interest through this site. The Inclusive Health Program prioritises projects that work with one or more of the groups listed above. Projects can involve service innovation, research or advocacy, and should achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Increased efficacy and equity in services provided for vulnerable people.
  • Influence public policy affecting the health needs of vulnerable people
  • Increased understanding of the prevalence and characteristics, lived experiences, degree and complexity of disadvantage for vulnerable people.
  • Improved flow of care, available expertise, policy influence and resources for vulnerable people.
  • Increased capacity of SVHA staff to work with vulnerable people

To be funded, projects should also

  • align with St Vincent's strategic plans (for example, enVision 2025, Aboriginal Health Plan and Clinical Services Strategy for your facility)
  • be supported by the relevant executive
  • be developed in consultation with key stakeholders including any partner organisations and members of the priority groups.

The Inclusive Health team will help you develop an application and guide you through the process of getting it approved. You can get in touch by submitting a question or expression of interest through this site.

Meet the Inclusive Health team

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, any St Vincent’s employee from any division can apply to develop a project.

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Yes, any St Vincent’s employee from any division can apply to develop a project.