1800 Cootharinga

"Building a better world with people of all abilities!"

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Community Living


Cootharinga is committed to providing people with disability the best possible support to achieve their goals, aspirations and to live life as independently as possible. We provide services that are individualised, meaningful, diverse and innovative with a range of options available.

Our community living options include:

  • Shared Living
  • In - Home Support
  • Co - Located / Semi - Independent Living (e.g. granny flat)

At the very heart of our philosophy is a strong focus on person centred planning, practice and self-directed support options. We assist individuals to develop their very own person centred plan outlining their needs, goals, aspirations and ambitions with a detailed action plan to enable coordination and collaboration of supports and activities. A person centred plan is developed at commencement of the service and then reviewed and updated on a regular basis. This individualised approach means that flexible, responsive and innovative support options are available to all individuals.

We believe that individuals have a right to direct their own life and to choose support services that are important to and for them. We will encourage and support individuals to make choices and decisions in the least restrictive manner.

Our services are age and culturally appropriate, and encourage the building of support networks and links to community. We assist individuals to improve their quality of life by developing skills and abilities to enhance their independence and social connections in the community.

Shared Living

Our community living service provides a range of flexible support options to people living with a disability in Townville, Cairns, Mareeba, Mackay and Mount Isa. Support is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our shared living community homes are unique and individualised to each person’s tastes and interests. We support people to share with others who may have similar interests or goals.

Group decision making is encouraged and individuals are invited to participate as a group to make choices and decisions about the running of their household. Regular meetings are offered to ensure individuals are given the opportunity to be part of this process. Privacy and independence is respected at all times.

We focus on providing flexible support for individuals to maintain positive living arrangements and build social relationships in their community. Supports include personal care; managing medication; domestic assistance to maintain a home; assistance to connect with community and family/friends; assistance with meal preparation; to take up employment / volunteer roles; individual lifestyle planning support.


In - Home Support aims to maximise and maintains a person's independence by providing support for personal and domestic needs and to meet their chosen goals. This type of support enables people to remain living independently in the community with minimal supports. We have assisted many people for years to ensure they maintain daily living skills to manage their own home and access the community. This support is generally delivered to people living in their own home and levels of support vary from 2 hours a day to drop in support 7 days a week.

Our In – Home Support provides planned individualised drop - in services to people with disability. This initiative aims to deliver flexible and tailored support for individuals with a disability who are living independently or with a carer/family member to enable them to live in their own home. This program takes a preventative and early intervention approach designed to avoid people having to leave their home to receive accommodation support, through providing a cost effective and individually tailored model of support.


We support a range of housing and residential support options that enable people to live independently with close proximity to higher support services or in co - located properties to share and enhance support deliveries.