Homeless Outreach Dual Diagnosis Service (HODDS)

In February 2019 Homeless Healthcare (HHC) commenced the pilot of the Homeless Outreach Dual Diagnosis Service (HODDS); an outreach service that works with people experiencing homelessness in Perth who have a dual diagnosis of mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. The HODDS team comprises of a Mental Health and AOD trained doctor and nurse. The team works alongside the HHC GP clinic that are in settings familiar to individuals experiencing homelessness. This integrated approach between primary care and specialist mental health/AOD care works effectively to manage all medical , psychological and addiction issues in the community.

HODDS has a flexible and integrated model of care, which is particularly suitable for this complex, multi-morbid patient population. It is centred around providing long-term GP care linked with access to specialist dual diagnosis care. HODDS recognises that tri-morbidity, trauma and a raft of social determinants are common among their patients, and ensure the care they provide extends beyond the medical sphere. The HODDS pilot is funded by a Department of Health Research Translation Projects Grant (Round 12), and is being evaluated by the Home2Health Team at UWA.

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