Residential Services

Karitane responded to COVID-19 with a 100% digital transformation of services and with the release of the Australian Government’s “3-Step Recovery Plan” we have re-introduced face-to-face services. We offer both face-to-face and virtual services and our team work with families to match the right service and delivery depending on each family’s individual needs. For our COVID-19 update see here. As COVID-19 continues to put increased pressure on the health system we don't require a GP/health professional referral. Access for parents still remains easier than ever, parents can self-refer on-line here.

Who Uses Karitane Residential Services?

Our residential stays offer a 3 and 4 night inpatient service to families in NSW experiencing significant parenting challenges. Unique to Karitane Carramar, we cater to children 0-4 years of age and support families in a holistic approach with facilities to accommodate families with two or more children and where your partner is encouraged to stay or visit as frequently as possible.

During your residential stay each family sets their own goals in consultation with the Karitane team who work in partnership with you to support and guide you through your identified parenting issues, working towards achievement of these goals. The Karitane team of Child and Family Health Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Paediatricians and Psychiatrists work in partnership with you to increase confidence; resolve concerns; and provide guidance and information on issues such as:

  • Feeding
  • Sleep and settling strategies
  • Multiple babies
  • Toddler behaviour
  • Adjustment to parenting
  • Anxiety and postnatal depression

Length of Stay

The length of stay in Karitane’s residential services is 4 days (3 nights) at our Camden Unit and 4 days (3 nights) at the Carramar Unit. It is important that you and your child/ren are well during your stay for the program to be effective.

Access to Service

To access the Residential Unit, you need a referral from a health care professional, such as a Child and Family Health Nurse or your doctor. They need to complete a Karitane Referral. To find your local Child and Family Health Centre, contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.


Medicare or private health insurance fees cover admission costs. A second parent / carer incur small fee for accommodation and meals. You will be advised of the current charge prior to admission.

Our Locations

Our Residential Units are located at Carramar and Camden, both of which are in the south west of the Sydney greater metropolitan area.

What Parents Say

  • “Thank you very much for your help. I have reduced the day sleep and little bub is sleeping better. She is still waking up around 1am for around one hour, but she doesn’t cry like before, and at least I can rest after that! Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciated it…" 
  • “I have rediscovered the joys of getting a solid 8 hours sleep! Even though at times I felt challenged staff were always there to support me as I was struggling at home to do it by myself. The support and the service you give the community is incredible and life changing and I feel so fortunate to have been able to receive your help"
  • “You guys are amazing! I have gained so much here, not only the beautiful songs from the playroom, the nice food from the kitchen for my baby and me, but also speaking to the social worker helped so much. I now have the skills I need to handle my baby boys daily routine and significantly improved sleeping. Every nurse in the Residential Unit is a role model…Thankyou!"


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