Third Oxford Health and Homelessness Conference
Venue: Rewley House
|Event Date/Time: Sep 16, 2008||End Date/Time: Sep 16, 2008|
It has long been recognised that people experiencing homelessness often bear a heavy burden of ill health and find access to mainstream health services difficult. Health services tailored to the needs of homeless people have been set up at venues in many countries but good evidence on their effectiveness is hard to come by. Nonetheless, services have to compete in the harsh world of finite funds and conflicting priorities and need to show that they offer value for money.
This autumn, the Third Oxford Health and Homelessness Conference will also be a first â€“ to our knowledge it is the first conference devoted to showcasing and sharing research into health and homelessness to be held in Europe. Entitled â€œLearning from each other: cross-cutting perspectives on health and homelessnessâ€ , this event aims to bring together front-line workers, provider organizations and academics across many disciplines to share insights with a view to improving practice.
The day will be chaired by Dr Helen Lester, Professor of Primary Care at University of Manchester, UK whose research interests are around mental health in primary care and Dr Jo Neale, Professor of Public Health at Oxford Brookes University whose work around substance misuse and homelessness is well known.
Sessions and posters from social scientists, psychologists, primary care professionals and researchers and geographers will cover a huge range of issues including alcohol care in Denmark, intermediate care in Ireland, psychological care for homeless veterans, health and homelessness research in South Africa, current TB work in London and provision of dental care plus much more.
The opening plenary lecture will include contributions from Dr Joan Smith and Dr Victoria Tischler on Capability, Resilience and Empowerment. During the day there will be additional parallel sessions and a facilitated poster session. The closing plenary lecture will cover Health Provision for Single Homeless People: What Do We Know, What Should We Do? with contributions from Dr Nicholas Pleace and Duncan Shrubsole.