21 January 2019

The health and social costs of women sleeping rough in Australia's cities

This research examined the health and social outcomes of women sleeping rough. High numbers of women are sleeping rough or in non-permanent accommodation, with Indigenous women significantly overrepresented among women sleeping rough. Sleeping rough is associated with increases in reported alcohol and other drug use, and interactions with the justice system; with these women also more likely to be hospitalised for a mental health condition against their will. People experiencing homelessness experience poor health outcomes that differ between types of homelessness, gender, cultural identity and disability.