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An Action Plan has been collaboratively developed to implement a bold new target for the implementation of the Adelaide Zero Project, aimed at achieving Functional Zero homelessness in Adelaide’s CBD within two years.

More than 30 organisations have committed to the target, developed as part of a rapid design process over the past 90 days.

Yesterday politicians from all political parties signed on to support the target which aims to ensure that the number of people who are homeless in a city on any given night is no greater than the housing placement availability for that night.

AnglicareSA’s CEO, Peter Sandeman  says the 2020 commitment is significant step forward in our city’s quest to end rough sleeping.

“Collective action is the only way to approach Adelaide’s homelessness and housing challenges and it’s heartening to see the number of organisations signing up to the 2020 target,” says Peter.

The Adelaide Zero Project’s Implementation (Action) Plan includes:

    • Hutt Street Centre to run a Connections Week to confirm the names of all the people sleeping rough on any given night in Adelaide’s CBD.
    • Neami National to establish and maintain a ‘by name list’ of every person sleeping rough throughout the year.
    • Don Dunstan Foundation to develop an online Dashboard to track the number of people sleeping rough and those moved to secure housing.
    • Anglicare SA to develop an Aligned Housing Plan to ensure housing is prioritised for people on the ‘by name list’.
    • City of Adelaide to form a Business Alliance to End Homelessness.
    • End Homelessness SA to develop a Charter that can be signed on to by project partners, community organisations, businesses and individuals wanting to demonstrate their commitment to the Adelaide Zero Project.

AnglicareSA and Thread Together have launched an Australian first – mobile wardrobes delivering brand new clothes directly to people in need.

Working with the vulnerable, this joint initiative will support those in our community who need it most.

Thread Together works in conjunction with clothing manufacturers to receive and sort brand new, end-of-line clothes for distribution through its charity partners.

In collaboration, AnglicareSA and Thread Together will utilise purpose-fitted mobile wardrobes to bring brand new clothes to communities who need it most.

AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said new clothing made a huge difference in people’s lives, giving them back their dignity.

If you would like to donate to the Thread Together project, volunteer or just find out more, call AnglicareSA on 8305 9205 or email us at [email protected].

“New clothing, especially new clothing you choose for yourself, can be quite powerful,” said Mr Sandeman.

“It gives people the opportunity to reframe how they feel about themselves and how they present themselves to the world. We are delighted that with these two mobile wardrobes we can now get the clothing directly to those who need it most. It will make an enormous difference to the lives of so many children, young people, adults and families across our community who have been struggling.”

Thread Together CEO Greg Fisher said the partnership with AnglicareSA was an Australian first.

“Traditionally our clothing has been distributed via our charity partners and on-site Wardrobes and Outreach Centres,” said Mr Fisher.

“These mobile wardrobes will allow us to reach out into the community and go direct to the people who need it, no matter where they are. We are very excited to be working with AnglicareSA on this Australian-first initiative and see Adelaide as the first of what will be a roll-out of this service across Australia.”

The mobile wardrobes will commence work from March 6, initially delivering clothing to communities in the northern and southern Adelaide suburbs.

Thread Together collects excess boxes of clothing from fashion houses and sends them to their warehouse where they are sorted by volunteers.  Clothing is then distributed to charity partners across Australia as required.


In Australia an average of eight people take their own lives every day; that’s one every three hours.

Over the years countless organisations have been created to bring this too often overlooked issue into the light, but despite all the campaigns around suicide prevention staged in the past 20 years rates are continuing to rise.

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Take a minute, change a life’ to encourage us to take a minute to think about personal attitudes and behaviours around suicide.

In order to remind us of just how many Aussie families are touched by suicide each year we thought we’d compile a few startling facts that highlight the sheer scale of the issue.

Australia’s suicide rate is at its highest level in 13 years

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) our suicide rate recently hit a 13-year high. In 2015, 3,027 Australians took their own lives.

The increase can be largely attributed to a rise in the suicide rate among middle-aged and young women.

Suicide rate rise

Men are three times more likely to take their own lives

While we’ve recently seen an increase in the suicide rate among women, males remain 300% more likely to take their own lives than females.

According to the ABS, “age-specific deaths rates for males aged between 40 and 54 were all greater than 30 deaths per 100,000 males. Suicide accounted for 12.4% of all male deaths for these combined age groups. The age-specific suicide rate for males was lowest in the 15-19 year age group (11.8 deaths per 100,000 males), yet suicide accounted for 28.6% of all deaths in that age group.”


Suicide Rates

Indigenous suicide rates are between two and four times those of non-Indigenous Australians in the 15 and 44 age groups

While suicide is a big problem across our entire society, for Australia’s Aboriginal peoples, it’s at epidemic proportions.

As the esteemed suicide prevention researcher Gerry Georgatos recently wrote in The Guardian Australia the figures below may not even represent the full extent of the issue.

“Suicide accounts for more than 5% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths… In fact in my estimations, because of under-reporting issues, suicide accounts for 10% of indigenous deaths.”


Aboriginal Suicide Rates

According to hospital data, in the 2008-2009 financial year 62% of people who were hospitalised due to self-harm were female


Despite the fact that men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women, females account for more than 60% of hospitalisations from self-harm. And this is a phenomenon that is far from being exclusive to Australia.

According to UK based Psychology professor Daniel Freeman this discrepancy is largely due to the different means that the two genders use when attempting suicide.


Aus Inst of Health and Welfare

All states and territories except South Australia and Victoria reported a stable or increasing suicide rate from 2014 to 2015


With the exception of South Australia and Victoria, all states and territories saw their suicide rate rise in 2015.

Chief executive of Suicide Prevention Australia, Sue Murray, recently told the ABC’s Mazoe Ford that there’s been a 26% increase in the suicide rate among women, a trend that has greatly contributed to the nation’s rising suicide rates.

“We have seen a 26 per cent increase in the suicide rates among women and the numbers of suicides among women (rise) over the last five year period.”


Suicide National Stats

Over the past 5 years the suicide rate in Adelaide has increased, while the rate has decreased across the rest of South Australia


One of the primary reasons that South Australia’s suicide rate has dropped in recent times is because less people in the state’s rural areas are taking their own lives.

So, despite the rate rising in Adelaide, the massive drop in rural areas has still lead to an overall decrease.


To connect to a community event to mark World Suicide Prevention Day check out the official website:

If you’ve lost someone to suicide and are looking for support services please get in touch with our Living Beyond Suicide team on 1300 761 193.

For support regarding suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


Photography by:  Jessica Owen


AnglicareSA and the State Government today opened a new, purpose built home for children and young people living with a disability.

Montrose House, which has been built by the State Government and is leased to AnglicareSA, replaces the former Montrose Cottage at Netherby. It offers a diverse range of community and centre-based skills development and social programs, as well as overnight accommodation to give families a break from their caring role.

AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said the new building will provide children and young people with disabilities and their families with a modern, welcoming home that’s been specifically designed to meet their needs.

“This new home has accessible bedroom and bathrooms, a brand new kitchen for meal preparation, wide hallways for wheelchair and stroller access, large play spaces, sensory room and a vegetable garden. It’s designed to feel like a home away from home,” Peter said.

“It provides an opportunity for families and carers and also assists the children and young people to develop life skills, make new friends and transition to independent living, all within a supportive, family friendly environment.

“Over the past few months families have been transitioning from our former site and the feedback we’ve received since the move has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Montrose House currently has 44 customers and the move to the new building allows AnglicareSA to expand its programs and services to include school holiday and after school programs, and extend its overnight respite services to five days per week. This reflects the increasing service demand generated by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Minister for Disabilities Leesa Vlahos said the new facility was great news for local children and young people with an intellectual disability, as well as their families and carers.

“Having a purpose-built space will provide an ideal environment for young people as it has been designed with their needs and safety specifically in mind,” Minister Vlahos said.

“Respite facilities are important because they give families a break from their caring role, which helps to ensure the continued wellbeing of family members and the people they care for.”