Karumah’s training focus is about learning about an array of topics related to HIV as a disease process together with the challenges it poses for those living with HIV, members of their support networks, service and health organisations, and the wider communities in which we all operate.
We provide information and resources that seek to educate people about what HIV is, how the virus is transmitted (and not transmitted) between humans, and how such spread can be prevented, or the risk of transmission minimised.
Karumah’s educational outreach also reinforces the knowledge of people who already have a foundation, providing information based on the latest research findings to help keep people’s understanding up to date.
Even though some people already know about HIV to varying degrees, learning more about it, and then maintaining that level of knowledge, is the bedrock upon which skills that can enhance the quality of life for PLHIV can be developed and applied.
Karumah’s training program is tailored to meet the learning needs of specific audiences. It is designed and delivered both in traditional formal settings such as workshops or seminars and by using tools such as social media platforms, newsletters, and eLearning through platforms such as Zoom.
Educational activities run by Karumah are primarily skills-based. They are designed to help PLHIV and members of their support networks acquire the skills needed to undertake certain tasks or activities, rather than simply knowing in theory how to do them, or that they ‘should’ do them.
Whether it’s developing new skills, or building upon existing skills, the objective of education programmes is to allow people to apply their knowledge practically. This is integral to Karumah’s application of the Chronic Care Management Model that encourages PLHIV to take an active role in their self-care and management.
Assessing education needs and then effectiveness for individual members of the Karumah community who have been referred for case management is part the role of the Karumah case manager.
By assessing effectiveness, the case manager can then tailor a person’s program of services and activities to better meet identified needs, or help maintain and enhance successful initiatives and services.
Such an approach involves PLHIV in the design and development of their self-care and aligns with both the Chronic Care Management Model and the overall mission of Karumah.
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.