Wellbeing boost for Big Issue vendors around Australia


Vendors of The Big Issue magazine will receive flu vaccinations from Bupa’s Wellness Nurses over the coming weeks to help them keep healthy over winter.

The vaccinations will be delivered at The Big Issue sites in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth as part of a program that’s been in place since 2018.

The program recognises that getting access to healthcare and medication can be challenging for people experiencing homelessness or disadvantage. Providing the vaccinations onsite to these key members of the Big Issue team is a simple way to support their wellbeing.

This year, The Big Issue celebrates 25 years of publication. Since its inception in 1996, more than 13 million copies of the magazine have been sold, putting $32 million into the pockets of thousands of its vendors living on the margins.

“We thank the entire Big Issue team for their care, compassion and incredible work bringing our community together on important social issues over the past 25 years,” said Julie Bissinella, Bupa’s Director of Community Engagement.

“Ensuring easy access to flu vaccinations is a small way we can help The Big Issue vendors to stay healthy over the Australian winter.

“We also encourage all of our people and customers to pick up a copy of the Big Issue each fortnight to support this much-loved social enterprise,” Julie said.

The June vendors around Australia will be selling a special 76-page silver anniversary edition of The Big Issue, featuring stories about the magazine’s history along with birthday message from its partners, including Bupa.

CEO of The Big Issue, Steven Persson said flu vaccinations are important but often harder for vendors to access due to a variety of factors.

“As we return to the streets and celebrate a milestone 25th year, being vaccinated against the flu will help our vendors with their overall wellbeing and help to keep them working safely.

“Resources such as flu vaccinations can be difficult for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage to access. This is the fourth year Bupa has offered flu vaccinations for our vendors, and we are thankful for their support,” Steven said.

Bupa encourages all Australians to receive a flu vaccination in line with guidance from the Department of Health. While influenza can be a mild disease, it can also cause very serious illness in otherwise healthy people.

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Media reference number: 20/128