Researchers at the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA) in partnership with the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) have for the first time analysed the data of the health and social outcomes of women sleeping rough in Australia. The team brought together 853 interviews with women around Australia, using the Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritisation Decision Tool. This is a subset of over 8,000 interviews, collected over 2010-2017.
There is very limited rough sleeping literature and what does exist has focused predominantly on men. This is one of the largest samples of women sleeping rough in Australian cities. From this sample, we are seeing that women who are sleeping rough have poorer health and social outcomes, when compared to women not sleeping rough, and different outcomes to males sleeping rough.