StreetMed received a call last week from Wentworth Community Housing and the Blue Mountains Council Rangers team expressing grave concern about the well-being of a rough sleeper who was living in bushland around Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. We were advised that this person had severe physical and mental health issues and there was growing concern for his well-being living in such a harsh environment.
On the 22nd of September, in conjunction with Wentworth Community Housing, Blue Mountains Council Rangers, Blue Mountains Mental Health Access Team, NSW Police, NSW Police Rescue and NSW Ambulance Service, The StreetMed team accessed this persons’ rough sleeping area in deep bushland and performed an initial assessment of the individual’s health and well-being
This intervention was extremely timely as the rough sleeper was in a very poor physical condition and the team from NSW Ambulance held grave concerns for the persons ongoing health in their current environment. StreetMed helped liaise with all parties and the person in question was successfully extracted and is now receive the help they need in a stable environment.
The respect, kindness and genuine concern that all parties showed during this multi-agency operation was clear and the professionalism of all those present was matched only by their compassion.
An article on this situation, along with a wider analysis of the ongoing challenges that the homeless and at risk community face in the Blue Mountains, appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald this week written by Saffron Howden. Please note the image in this link is not of the person assisted by StreetMed.