Grace Brown recently moved her family down from the NT to work as a social worker in the region.
Grace Brown recently moved her family down from the NT to work as a social worker in the region. Patrick Woods

Why people are ending up out of homes and on the streets

ALMOST 3500km separates them but Darwin and the Sunshine Coast aren't as different as you'd think when it comes to social issues.

That's the word from local social worker Grace Brown, who, along with her husband and son, moved from the Northern Territory to the Coast in December, 2017.

She spent eight years as a social worker in Darwin and is continuing her social work career here with the Department of Human Services.

Yesterday marked World Social Work Day and Ms Brown gave some insight into what they do.

She said homelessness was "a really significant issue" on the Sunshine Coast, particularly youth unemployment, although it didn't discriminate across age groups.

"Every day is completely different," Ms Brown said.

"We can work with such a wide variety of people in the community."

Ms Brown said some of her colleagues also went into the coalface when disasters struck, heading into regional areas to offer crisis support, counselling and other services to vulnerable people affected by floods, fires and more.

She said suicidal thoughts and severe mental health issues took priority with their patients, as well as family and domestic violence issues.

She said family and relationship breakdowns were common when it came to young people in precarious situations and it often added to the homelessness rate.

The 35-year-old said family and domestic violence, health issues and financial hardships were common drivers of homelessness.


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