What other agencies say about us

Sarah 24

Karinya House is their main support network

The support that I have found especially valuable has included; support to women during labour, ability to provide residential and outreach support, with a particular emphasis on mother crafting skills, availability of a worker 24hrs a day, practical and material assistance, advocacy and counselling. This includes such support that is difficult to access so comprehensively from other services within the community. I have also regularly experienced women identifying Karinya House as their main support network and continue to seek further support in later pregnancy’s.

Anna Stanhope, Social Worker
Sarah 24

I am consistently impressed by the degree of support and diligence the Karinya staff display

I have worked with the staff from Karinya and have consistently been impressed by the degree of support and diligence the Karinya staff display toward the vulnerable cohort of women accessing their vital service. Liaison and collaboration occurs with Karinya staff, frequently this is to ascertain the ongoing needs and emotional well being of the women they support (often in the high risk category) who are attending the Perinatal Mental Consultation Service.

Cathy Ringland, Perinatal Mental Health Team Leader/IMPACT Liaison Officer
Sarah 24

By utilising Karinya House’s services, it has meant I have had fewer Care and Protection concerns

On a practical level, they have provided my clients with transport to and from hospital appointments, which has allowed clients to not only access antenatal care, but also Social Work and Psychology Services and have been able to supply baby goods to families in need, sometimes within hours…From a psycho-social perspective, by utilising Karinya House’s services, it has meant I have had fewer Care and Protection concerns, it has meant safer, speedier discharges from hospital in both maternity and mental health settings and has ensured my clients have felt supported and more confident in their parenting capacities.

Kate Carnall, Psychologist, Social Work and Psychology Department, Calvary Health Care, ACT
Sarah 24

With the support offered by Karinya, I’ve seen many women make very positive changes in their lives

My specific clientele include all the women who use substances in pregnancy and those with diagnosed mental health issues.

The majority of these women have limited education and come from a dysfunctional background where they have never been taught basic life-skills including shopping and cooking. They have never been nurtured or effectively parented and unless they have ongoing support are unable to provide these basic essentials for their babies.

Pregnancy is a great motivator for change and with the support offered by Karinya, I’ve seen many women make very positive changes in their lives, which ultimately benefits their babies and breaks the cycle. They do an incredible job, offering outreach support in the form of visits, baby goods and transport to and from antenatal visits. Many of these women wouldn’t access antenatal care without this practical support.

Nola Wong RM, Women's and Baby's Health, The Canberra Hospital
Sarah 24

Our partnership often extends far beyond the baby’s birth

We have regular contact with the staff at Karinya House. Approximately 70% of our Aboriginal women have been assisted by Karinya for various services…Antenatal/Postnatal care is also shared between Winnunga and Karinya. This partnership often extends far beyond the baby’s birth and has included liaising together for gynaecological care.

Carolyn Patterson RM RN, Debbie Howroyd RN RM, Pamela Yelland, Access Worker Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Clinic/Health Service