During the late seventies, Mrs Rose Richards an Aboriginal Welfare Officer with Cairns Base Hospital became aware of abnormally high instances of Aboriginal children from Far North Queensland requiring treatment, many of which their mothers were not familiar with and therefore could not treat.
Often after long-term hospitalisation these children were discharged and taken to their communities where follow-up treatment was inadequate or impossible, causing patients to be seen time and time again. Slowly, Rose began taking these patients into her own home, with favorable results. It then became obvious that an appropriate place to house such patients was urgently required.
Together with Mick Miller and Clarrie Grogan, Rose sought funding for a ‘Half-Way-House’. In 1983, the funding was approved and the ‘Half-Way-House’ began operations, firstly in McLeod Street and then relocated to Trinity Park where it became know as ‘Rosie’s Farm’. After attaining funding for a permanent residence, Rosie’s farm was then relocated and established at 105 Balaclava Road, Earlville, where it is now operating as ‘Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan’, or ‘Aunty Rosie’s Place’. After operating at Earlville for the past 18 years Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan is about to take it’s next step and will be relocating to a purpose building complex at Edmonton, Cairns where Mookai Rosie-Bi-Bayan will be able to provide a much better quaiity of care and be able to house approximately 36 clients at any one time.