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Gypsy Traveller Health Project in Angus
         Workshop Outline

• Introduction

• Quiz

• Project presentation

• Recommendations
    To improve access to

healthcare services for Gypsy

     Travellers in Angus
What is meant by the term Gypsy
          Traveller?
Those groups of Travellers in Scotland
  who variously refer to themselves as
  Travellers, Scottish Travellers,
  Scottish Gypsy Travellers or Gypsy
  Traveller people. This includes
  English Gypsies, Irish Travellers &
  European Roma.
Scottish Gypsy /Traveller Strategy: CRE Scotland 2006
                Quiz
• To set the context
• To dispel myths about the Gypsy
  Traveller Community
• To introduce information about Gypsy
  Traveller Health
• To introduce the legal context
  Health Status of Gypsy Travellers

Gypsy Travellers suffer significant health
 inequalities, even when compared with
   other socially deprived or excluded
                  groups.
             Sheffied University 2004
     Gypsy Travellers in Angus
2 Council run sites   Unauthorised sites

18 families           Road verges
20 families           Disused land

                      Houses
             Health Worker
•   2 days per week
•   Visit authorised & unauthorised sites
•   Determine health issues
•   Signpost to local services
•   Gypsy Traveller multi-agency liaison
    group
Issues
            Accomodation

•   Lack of legitimate stopping places
•   Council sites full
•   Lack of housing
•   Not welcome on holiday sites
•   Being moved on & associated stress
                  Health

•Lack of knowledge     •Difficult to keep
about services         appointments
•Lack of information   •GP far away / No GP
on how to contact      •Go to MIUs if feeling
services               unwell
•Health information    •Discrimination at
can be difficult to    some health centres
understand
             Education
• Children attend primary school when
  settled
• Few attend secondary school
• Some areas provide an education
  outreach service
• Experiences of bullying &
  discrimination
               Environment

•   Access to water
•   Access to toilets
•   Safety of area / location of sites
•   Abuse
•   Rubbish
•   Animal faeces
Contact with other agencies
Patient Record of Personal
          Health
Patient Record of Personal Care
            Conclusions
• Trusting relationships take time to
  build
• Beginnings of addressing health
  issues
• To address health inequalities
  requires sustainable committment
• Importance of multi-agency working
          Recommendations

• Build on initial work and introduce
  preventative healthcare education

• Further site provision given high priority

• Multi-agency training & awareness raising
  to tackle discrimination

				
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