Karumah will be closed over Christmas and New Year
Karumah will be closed from Friday 20th December through to Sunday 12th January 2014. If there is an emergency and you need to contact someone at Karumah you can text our mobile phone (0490 094 268) which will be checked twice a week on Monday and Thursday.
So from Catherine, Trina, Leon and Machele we wish all Karumah service users their carers and families a very merry Christmas and an amazing New Year.
ABC radio interviewed Dr Loewenthal
Doctors say goal of eliminating HIV in reach
A Newcastle doctor says it is crucial local people make the most of the remarkable advances in testing and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
It was World AIDS Day yesterday and physicians say the goal of eliminating the disease by 2020 is within reach.
Mark Loewenthal is the director of immunology and infectious diseases at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital, and says there was a concerning rise in HIV cases last year.
He says people at risk of infection must be tested regularly.
"We now know that by treating people and by always using condoms - practising safe sex - we can reduce or prevent the transmission of HIV to a point where it would eventually disappear," he said.
"We would like virtually everyone who is potentially at risk to get themselves tested.
"The testing is very accurate, and we're getting the results back quicker and quicker."
He says treatment is simpler and has fewer side effects, and testing is also easier than ever before.
"We're hoping with initiatives that are coming out now that we will be able to give people on-the-spot answers to whether they're HIV-infected or not," he said.
"Small pox is gone completely - it's the only disease that's been truly eradicated.
"But we would hope that with testing and treatment that we can actually eliminate HIV - that is our aim."
Karumah Annual Residential Workshop (retreat).
Karumahs 2013 Residential Workshop
Karumahs recreational workshop at Myuna Bay was outstanding! A big thank you to all who participated in this weekend… without you it would not have occurred at all. A brief overview saw many who previously felt that they were not musically minded are now convinced of their musical genius!!! Drumbeat with Dee was an amazing event and was so inclusive that we had a stray elderly participant ….June… who asked permission to join the group and was presented with a shaker to join in with!
In between workshops most people took advantage of the pool for a quick dip. But it was not all fun and games… at some point everyone had to “sing for their supper” and fill out never ending evaluations to determine the efficacy of the workshops! Needless to say writer’s cramp was the biggest injury of all…
…and let us not forget the physical activities! Confucius say… be very careful of family jewels when wearing body harness… the participants in the ‘Giant Swing’ had a few excruciating moments but adrenalin won the day!
As for canoeing, I do believe that everyone involved in this activity had a moment of angst towards the convenor of the weekend! To quote one participant…”we had to face a cyclone on the way”! Perhaps the canoeing should not have been the last activity of the weekend??
Feedback has been mostly positive and for those who couldn’t join us…. Well…. There’s always next time!!
Catherine Conaghan - Case Manager Karumah.
Karumah has just completed the first term of Tai Chi, so those that participated have now graduated to the next level. The time for Tai Chi has now been moved to 12pm so if you missed out on the first term a new beginners term is starting next week.
McKillop Projects funds
The MacKillop Projects Fund has been initiated to fund projects that promote the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS (PWH) who live in the Hunter, Central Coast, Lower Mid North Coast and New England. The choice of name for the fund is to recall the history that has allowed this fund to be established.
In 2000 the Sisters of St Joseph, Lochinvar, made a donation to ACON upon the closure of MacKillop House in Carrington which provided drop-in support and respite care for PWH. This money was to enable the continuation of the health promoting, support work that MacKillop House had been providing for local PWH. The money that was given to ACON had been raised by the Sisters of St Joseph through appeals conducted across a number of Catholic parishes and schools as well as through community fundraisers.
ACON wishes to use this money in the spirit of the donation that was made. As a central component of the use of this donation, a broad based committee consisting of representatives of agencies working with PWH has been established. This MPF committee will determine the distribution of grants for projects that attend to the needs and priority issues of PWH in the region.
In order to achieve this ACON will administer the MacKillop Projects Fund and provide support for the MPF Committee that will call for applications for grants on an annual basis. The success of applications will be determined by the independent judiciary of the MPF committee who will allocate up to $20,000 per annum.
If you have a project and would like to apply for a grant please contact Machele at Karumah for the applicatication booklet. 024940 8393.