Carnarvon’s $19.9 million Gnullingoo Mia residential aged and palliative care facility has reached practical completion, now moving to commissioning phase with the installation of furniture and equipment ahead of welcoming residents later this month.
The facility is designed to provide culturally appropriate aged and palliative care services on-country and close to home.
The name ‘Gnullingoo Mia’ (pronounced Null-ing-oo My-ah) comes from the local indigenous Inggarda words ‘Gnulli’; which means all of us, and ‘Mia’; which is home, so the translation into English is; ‘our home’.
Carnarvon is situated on the mid-west coast of Western Australia, approx 900klms north of Perth.
Commenting on the completion WA Health Minister Roger Cook said, “The McGowan Government is delighted to announce Carnarvon’s $19.9 million facility, Gnullingoo Mia Residential Care, reaching practical completion.
“This includes $5 million from the End of Life and Palliative Care initiative to provide bespoke facilities for residents who may require permanent and respite care and those reaching end-of-life”
Gnullingoo Mia has been designed to support contemporary models of care with accommodation for couples and family members.
The 38-bed facility will also provide palliative care for residents with life-limiting conditions and will be home to sensory gardens as well as local native vegetation – ensuring residents feel comfortable and welcome in their home away from home.
The facility is co-located at Carnarvon Hospital – enabling integration with other health services and specialties ensuring residents have the very best clinical care close at hand.