Future Projects

Multi-Functional Patient
Transitional Facility

Completed Projects

Karingal Patient Transition Accommodation

Aiming to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients travelling from remote communities to access the Townsville Hospital and Health Services.

Karingal is Yumba-Meta Limited’s patient transition accommodation facility, which is designed to provide short-term supported accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from remote and rural communities accessing Townsville Hospital and Health Services.

The facility was completed and officially opened by Philip Thompson MP on July 28, 2021. Construction took 14 months and cost more than $5.75 million, with Federal Government contributing $2.89 million and Yumba-Meta Limited contributing the balance plus the purchase of the land. This is a significant financial investment from a community organisation.

While construction is now complete, the facility still requires $1.5 million in operational funding in order to deliver vital health support services to the Indigenous community.

Karingal’s purpose is to act as a bridge between Townsville’s health system and patients from remote communities requiring medical treatments. The Townsville Hospital and Health Service University Hospital services a significant area throughout North Queensland, including many remote communities. When patients are referred to Townsville, many arrive, unable to speak English and with no understanding of the health system.

Yumba-Meta Limited provides culturally appropriate, trauma-informed case management support to assist clients in an unfamiliar urban environment. Referrals and support are provided to help patients regain functional independence and confidence sooner to avoid needing longer-term care and support.

The facility includes sixteen male beds, eight female beds and four self-contained units for families. Karingal also provides private consultant rooms for visiting health specialists and other agencies. The short-term accommodation is staffed 24/7, 365 days of the year.