Karadi Aboriginal Corporation was established in 1988 to create a separate women's space that allowed for activities that although could be perceived as just 'arty farty' had an underlying objective, ie. to increase self esteem, promote health and other issues.
Over the years, the changes to program delivery have been many, but the purpose of Karadi has not changed. That is to:
- Help the Aboriginal Communities needs and aspirations
- Be an Indigenous specific organisation as much as possible
- Assist in nurturing arts and culture
- Assist in the promotion of Health and Aboriginal Community relations
- Continue to advocate and promote important issues within the Aboriginal and Wider Community
Karadi is based in Goodwood (Tasmania) and is governed by a Seven member board of directors and currently employs 14 staff.
Some of the agencies that fund Karadi are:
- Department of Social Services
- Primary Health Network (formally Tasmanian Medicare Locals)
- Department of Health and Ageing
- Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
- National Healing Foundation
- Anglicare Tasmania
- Department of Health and Human Services
As KARADI is also a Neighborhood House, we offer a range of programs that are open to the wider community, as well as the Aboriginal community.
These programs are CHSP, NAIDOC Week activities, Morning Tea and Community Lunch. During the year we also run other programs as part of the Neighborhood House, such as a school holiday program and exercise classes that are also open to all.
The CHSP program includes the Day Centre and Personal Care hours.
All other programs run through KARADI are Aboriginal specific, including - Aged Care packages, Primary Health, Mens and Women's Cultural Retreats, Children and Schooling, Chronic Disease Care Coordination, Youth programs Family Support services.
It has long been seen that Karadi only works with Aboriginal women but this is no longer the case. Our services are open to the whole family, incorporating Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal spouses and children. We hope this makes for a more holistic approach to servicing the family and their needs.