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About Karumah

Karumah / About Karumah

About Us

Karumah was started in 1989 by a handful of dedicated volunteers and proudly continues to be a peer-led organisation.

In line with our mission, we are committed to enriching the lives of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) at in the Hunter New England region through sustainable health outcomes and enhanced quality of life.

We recognise the importance of PLHIV taking an active role in managing their physical, mental and social health.

People Living With HIV are at the heart of all that we do. This can be seen from our person-centric care, our peer support programs through to our governance structures.

Karumah is a not-for-profit organisation owned by PLHIV.

Karumah is the only organisation that specifically provides services, activities and support to PLHIV and their support networks in the Hunter-New England region.

Collaboration and Service Delivery Approach

Karumah collaborates with an extensive network of organisations. These include those in the health, welfare, education, advocacy, and development sectors.

This enhances Karumah’s ability to meet the needs of service users through applying the Chronic Care Management model.

Karumah’s effective application of this model avoids the extremes of having PLHIV experiencing service duplication or having people fall between the cracks and not receive the required support. Our service users often report that such extremes were the norm before engaging with Karumah.

It is clear that Karumah’s approach in minimising service duplication is cost-effective. In addition, through its ability to proactively identify risks and challenges for service users, Karumah heads off a costly escalation of such issues.

We work according to our values and ensure services and activities provide value for money and are delivered with fairness, integrity, and transparency at their core.

The Karumah Team

The Karumah team is comprised of our:

General Manager

Case Manager

Community Support & Promotions Officer

The Karumah team works together to provide:

Case Management including assessments, goal setting, allied health referrals, assistance navigating systems like Centrelink or the NDIS and mental health support

Social and community support in the form of peer support and leadership, HIV community development and regular social events to help build connection and reduce social isolation

Education and training opportunities that include workshops on life skills, sexual health and physical and mental wellbeing

Karumah also provides professional development and training for health and community service providers

Advocacy for individual level for PLHIV and for our community as a whole

Our Mission

Karumah is committed to enriching the lives of People Living with HIV in the Hunter New England region through sustainable health outcomes and enhanced quality of life.

Our Goals

Improve the health and well-being of PLHIV in the HNE Region

Reduce strain on other essential services and keep PLHIV out of hospital Reach and engage PLHIV who would normally fall through the health and community service gaps

Self-empower PLHIV with skills and strategies to better self-manage their condition

Provide a unique service which avoids duplication of other existing services

Address isolation and mental health issues in PLHIV

Funding & Accreditation

Karumah Incorporated is funded by Health NSW through Hunter New England Local Health District.

Karumah Incorporated is Accredited at Certificate Level of the Australian Service Excellence Standards.