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Housing circumstances and health

Barriers to services

In 2014–15, Indigenous Australians who had previously experienced homelessness were more likely to report experiencing a barrier to accessing health service providers when needed (23% or 29,800) compared with those who had not experienced homelessness (12% or 36,300) (Figure HH 15a).

Among those who had previously experienced homelessness and reported at least one health service provider within their top three access difficulties, the most commonly reported barriers were:

  • long waiting times or a lack of available appointments (48% or 13,800)
  • inadequate services in area (32% or 9,300)
  • transport or distance problems (30% or 8,600)
  • and cost of services (26% or 7,600) (Figure HH 15b).
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