Multi-Functional Patient Transitional Facility
Karingal, the patient transition accommodation facility, is a vital project of Yumba-Meta Limited.
It has been specifically designed to offer short-term supported accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are travelling from remote and rural communities to access the services of Townsville University Hospital and Health Services. Acting as a crucial link in Townsville’s health system, Karingal caters to patients requiring hospitalisation and intensive treatment.
The facility, costing $5 million, was constructed on Yumba-Meta Limited-owned land and partially funded through the Commonwealth Building Better Regions fund, which contributed $2.89 million, with Yumba-Meta Limited covering the remaining costs.
The Queensland Department of Housing and Queensland Health have committed to jointly fund this project. Operations are expected to commence in 2023.
To ensure the utmost care and support, Yumba-Meta Limited implements an intensive case management and culturally appropriate support system within the facility. This trauma-informed approach aims to aid patients in navigating the complex mainstream health system, enabling them to receive the best possible care. Furthermore, it empowers patients to regain functional independence and confidence promptly, thus reducing their reliance on long-term care and support.
Karingal boasts a comprehensive infrastructure, including 16 male beds, 8 female beds, 4 self-contained family units for patients, 4 clinic rooms for visiting health specialists and other agencies, and a fully equipped administration facility. The facility will be staffed 24/7 for 365 days of the year, ensuring continuous care and assistance for its occupants.