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.
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.
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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.
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.