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Social Outreach and Advocacy

Social Outreach

While St John of God Health Care is primarily known for hospitals and pathology services, we have a long history working with and helping people within the community. We are committed to providing significant care and relief for people experiencing disadvantage throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, particularly in areas with identified gaps in service provision. We recognise that the provision of care and relief for people who are disadvantaged is central to our mission of healing. Through our Social Outreach and Advocacy program, we contribute towards just and inclusive communities where the dignity of each person is respected and supported.

At St John of God Geraldton Hospital, our local Social Outreach and Advocacy initiatives include:

Horizon House program

The Horizon House program is part of St John of God Health Care's Social Outreach and Advocacy program, which is reaching out to people experiencing disadvantage. Western Australia’s third Horizon House was opened in Geraldton in July 2006.

Geraldton

Bendat House Geraldton, as it is known, provides a supported home-like environment for young people who might otherwise be homeless.

Further information

For further information or referrals to Bendat House, please contact Peter Vanas on
(08) 6103 5587 or email peter.vanas@sjog.org.au

Caregivers Caring Initiative

St John of God Geraldton Hospital caregivers financially support an evening meal for up to 30 people every seven weeks.  The meals are provided for Camaliers Guest house, which provides low cost accommodation for those in need.

Centacare Young Mum’s Group

Hospital midwives work in collaboration with Centacare to facilitate a support group for young mothers. The group meets weekly during school terms and covers a wide range of mothercraft skills. For further information and booking please contact Centacare on 9921 1433.

Community Leave for Caregivers

We encourage and support the participation of caregivers in voluntary community service for the disadvantaged through by providing Community Support Leave, which is a form of paid and unpaid leave.

Indigenous scholarships

We offer two annual scholarships to indigenous students studying either registered or enrolled nursing. To be eligible applicants must attend the Central West College of TAFE in Geraldton. To apply or obtain more information, please contact TAFE’s School of Nursing on 9956 2767.  To apply through the Geraldton Universities Centre please phone 99204400.

Manna Meals

St John of God Geraldton Hospital operates a home catering and meal delivery service which is available to patients and others in the community, offering nutritious fresh or frozen meals at an affordable price. The service won the Western Australia Customer Service Council’s Outstanding Achievement - Best in the West 2008 award.

For more information on ordering Manna Meals please click here.

Red Cross soup program

The hospital kitchen assists the Red Cross and Suncity Christian Centre Soup Program by preparing soup twice weekly, which  volunteers deliver to people in need.

For more information about St John of God Geraldton Hospital Social Outreach programs please contact:
Tel: (08) 9965 8888
Email: info.geraldton@sjog.org.au

Geraldton