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StreetMed founder’s medical mission for the homeless

As our guest speaker last week, Chris Cleary explained why she founded StreetMed in 2014, ABC TV’s 7.30 Report was airing a story about her mission to address a critical need on the streets of Western Sydney: providing street-level mental health, first aid and advocacy to society’s most vulnerable – the homeless and others at risk. She did so after she became aware that while many organisations were helping to clothe, feed and house the homeless, no organisations were providing street-level care. Accompanied by her head case manager and sister-in-law, Karen Cleary, Chris spoke of the role StreetMed has played in supporting over 3,000 people living on the streets with varying physical and mental health issues, in the last year alone. StreetMed founder’s medical mission for the homeless StreetMed has provided blood sugar testing, blood pressure checks and various first aid help, along with outreach and advocacy to connect people in crises with the services that can assist them the most. Chris explained how a significant number of those helped are Vietnam veterans, many still suffering PTSD and feeling society’s “cold shoulder” since their return home. Chris Cleary gave up fulltim employment to run the charity as a volunteer and now manages a team of twelve volunteers. Tax deductible donations can be made via the website, streetmed.org.au

…Story: Steve Cookson

Image from left to right Steve Cookson, Karen Cleary, Chris Cleary, Paul Pixton