Indigenous Facility Gets Green Light
A $4.6 MILLION eight-bed
facility for indigenous people with acquired brain injuries is
set to open in Gordonvale by early 2014.
Non-profit disability organisation Synapse said the facility
would be on a 3ha site in Gordonvale after receiving money from the
Synapse chief executive Jennifer Cullen said it would be the
only culturally relevant transition facility in the country,
servicing an area from Cairns through to Cape York and the Torres
The first intake will be selected from long-term patients with
acquired brain injuries at Cairns Base Hospital and are expected to
stay at the new facility for two years while undergoing
"It's about reconnecting them back to land, culture and
country," she said.
Ms Cullen said while it was unknown how many indigenous people
in the Far North had
Acquired Brain Injuries, most came from car accidents and domestic violence. Ms
Cullen said the new facility would take the strain of Cairns Base
Hospital, which currently has 26 indigenous patients with Acquired
Brain Injuries, while saving Queensland Health $6.6 million over
"If you provide disability services in a culturally appropriate
way you actually reduce the amount of cost to the taxpayers by
having beds held up at Cairns Base Hospital," she said.
for the eight selfcontained living units are inspired by
traditional Aboriginal rainforest architecture.
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This story was written by Liam Parsons - Cairns Post,