Tierney House turns ten

Named in honour of Sister of Charity Sr Maurus Tierney rsc, the 12-bed health service Tierney House was established by St Vincent’s Hospital in 2012 to provide accommodation to the homeless while they recover from illness or are receiving ongoing medical treatment. Ten years later Tierney House continues to provide specialised support and care to the high number of homeless people presenting to the St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department.

Tierney House is one of only a few of its type in Australia and has been successful in supporting our most vulnerable patients while they recover or prepare for medical treatment. The dedicated team at Tierney House also provide help with a range of other important non-health issues, such as pathways to permanent housing and support with legal, financial or social needs whilst they are recovering.

Tierney House was established in 2012 with the generous support of the Margaret Pemberton Foundation and the Pemberton family, who provided initial funding support to establish Tierney House and have since provided valuable guidance, advice and ongoing financial support over a ten-year period. Most recently the Margaret Pemberton Foundation has been instrumental in providing funds to hire COVID-19 Clinical Nurse Consultants to assist our homeless patients through the challenges of the pandemic, and a challenging flu season. Three highly specialised staff have helped with a wide range of tasks from the coordination of COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, the setup of vaccination hubs for homeless groups, to providing training to Homeless Outreach staff in matters relating to mental health and providing street-based support for people sleeping rough.

The generosity of the Pemberton family also extends to supporting the St Vincent’s Homeless Health Samaritan Fund. This fund allows for the purchase of items most of us take for granted, from medications, phone cards, new clothes for job interviews, and even a birth certificate for identity. The Foundation sincerely thanks Margaret Pemberton and Gary Pemberton AC for their generous support and long-term commitment to improving the health options for our most vulnerable, homeless patients.

To support Homeless Health, please contact Jane McCallum at the Foundation jane.mccallum@svha.org.au or donate below.