Taking to the streets

The lack of health services either available to or utilised by those living rough means that, for most, their life expectancy is almost halved compared to the national average.

It was with this in mind that Perth GP Dr Andrew Davies set out to establish Mobile GP in early 2008. Armed with scant resources, the fledgling service battled through its first two years before securing state funding in mid-2010.

“It was incredibly difficult at first and involved me taking a very big pay cut... but having worked with another service targeting marginalised populations prior to