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“This support can be provided in the customer’s own home, in supported independent living, through therapy in a clinic setting, or through skills development programs either in a centre-based setting, or in the community.” Cootharinga North Queensland is also a specialist provider of customised equipment and devices to aid and support quality of life, mobility and access to the community. “We now provide services to the community right across North Queensland – with regional offices in Mackay, Townsville, Mount Isa, and Cairns,” David says.

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Tailoring solutions to help clients live the life they want is all part of a day’s work for Cootharinga North Queensland staff. Cootharinga North Queensland has been in the North Queensland area since 1951 when a group of parents and citizens formed a society to support children who had been affected by the Poliomyelitis epidemic. Since its foundation, the organisation has been focused on providing care, education and training to those who need support. “Over the years, the organisation has grown to now support anyone who is having difficulty living the life they want,” says David Reeson, Cootharinga North Queensland’s General Manager Capacity Building.

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“Our most recent offering is The Hub in Townsville’s Flinders Street West. A community centre for our customers, The Hub offers accessible skills development programs and social activities for all abilities.” Cootharinga staff are people with big hearts who are there for their customers and their families. Just ask Ray, who is a massive Jimmy Barnes fan… “Marjan, one of Ray’s support workers, knew how much it would mean to Ray if he were able to meet his idol,” David recalls. “After countless phone calls to Jimmy’s management, local radio stations, and much persuasion, he was able to get Triple M to organise for Ray to meet with Jimmy when he was in town for a concert. We really do take a ‘customer first’ approach! “We support our community in many different ways, whether that’s providing direct services to our customers, talking to councils about future plans for an accessible city for all abilities, or by supporting local businesses by buying locally.” Cootharinga North Queensland 6/264-278 Woolcock Street (Service Road) Currajong 1800 COOTHARINGA (1800 266 842) www.cootharinga.org.au

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