Monash paramedic students help the homeless

The Department of Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice recently ran a pilot project with The Salvation Army to help at risk and vulnerable youth.

The project involved around fifty 2nd year paramedic students who volunteered with the Salvation Army's Youth Street Teams - in and around Melbourne's CBD on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm to 5am.

The teams work in and around the CBD offering information, practical support and assist young people find safety until they are capable of going home or are reconnected with their friends.

The aim of the project was to provide students with an opportunity to interact with community members - particularly the vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless.

Data are currently being collected on students, workers and clients on their perceptions, attitudes of empathy, listening and dealing with homeless victims.