First Light Healthcare's Commitment to Byron's Rough Sleepers

Free medical care is available every Thursday at Fletcher Street Cottage by local GPs.

 First Light Healthcare's Commitment to Byron's Rough Sleepers
Visiting doctors from First Light Healthcare offer a range of free primary health care services including general health checks, consultations and prescriptions at Fletcher Street Cottage every Thursday from 9am - 12pm.

Individuals who find themselves without a stable place to call home also experience the ripple of effect that leads to lack of care for their health. Addressing the needs of this vulnerable community requires a broader approach that goes beyond traditional medical care. First Light Healthcare, formerly known as Cape Byron Medical Centre, is leading the way in providing wraparound services for Byron's most vulnerable rough sleepers at Fletcher Street Cottage. With a patient-first ethos and a comprehensive array of medical, allied health and specialist services, First Light Healthcare is committed to improving the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of those in need.

A Progressive and Inclusive Healthcare Provider

Since its inception in 1977, First Light Healthcare has been a pillar of the Byron community. As a vertically-integrated primary healthcare provider, they offer a wide range of services, covering everything from general medical care to specialised treatments. Their commitment to a patient-first, outcome-oriented approach ensures that every individual is treated with the utmost respect and compassion, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Comprehensive Allied Health Services

Beyond general medical care, First Light Healthcare recognises the importance of allied health services in addressing the needs of those at risk of homelessness. These services, which include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, social work and more, play a crucial role in improving physical and mental health. By collaborating with allied health professionals, First Light Healthcare can create tailored care plans that address the unique challenges faced by rough sleepers, providing them with the support they need to rebuild their lives.

A Safe and Supportive Environment

First Light Healthcare understands that providing healthcare to rough sleepers requires sensitivity and understanding. Their team of doctors, allied health practitioners, and medical specialists pride themselves on being non-judgmental and compassionate. Creating a safe and supportive environment is vital for building trust and encouraging individuals to seek the help they need. This approach ensures that every person who walks through the doors at Fletcher Street Cottage to see a doctor on Thursdays feels welcome and valued.

Accredited and Respected

First Light Healthcare's commitment to excellence is evident in its accreditation by AGPAL (Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited). Their adherence to the 'RACGP Standards' ensures that they meet the highest quality and safety standards. Additionally, their status as an RACGP/GP Synergy accredited training practice demonstrates their dedication to nurturing the next generation of healthcare professionals who will carry forward the legacy of compassionate care.

A Holistic Approach to Health and Wellbeing

At First Light Healthcare, the focus goes beyond treating immediate health issues. Their objective is to proactively support the general health and wellbeing of their patients, emphasising preventative care and health education. By partnering with community and allied health care professionals, surgical specialists and acute care medical facilities, First Light Health Care ensures that every aspect of an individual's health is addressed comprehensively.

Byron's most vulnerable rough sleepers deserve compassionate and comprehensive care. First Light Healthcare's dedication to providing wrap-around services ensures that this underserved population receives the support they need to rebuild their lives. By offering a wide range of medical, allied health and specialist services in a safe and supportive environment, First Light Healthcare embodies the values of inclusivity, empathy and community support. Through their efforts, they are lighting the way towards a healthier and more compassionate future for locals experiencing homelessness.


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