KAMS (Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd) is a regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS), providing a collective voice and support for a network of member ACCHS from towns and remote communities across the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
KAMS was first established in 1986 as a cooperative between the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) and the East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (EKAMS) now the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) with membership expanding to Halls Creek health service committee and Fitzroy Crossing community representatives. These communities saw the benefit of sharing pooled resources and collective effort in the region.
Today, Member services now include;
Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS)
Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS)
Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS)
Yura Yungi Medical Service (YYMS)
Kutjungka Clinical Services (KAMS Remote Clinic)
Beagle Bay Health Services (KAMS Remote Clinic)
Bidyadanga Community (KAMS Remote Clinic)
Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation
KAMS provides a wide range of services including:
Financial and accounting
Regional population health programs
Social and Emotional Well Being Support
Information Communication Technology Support
Pharmacy support and training
Accredited health training and education
While the major role is in regional advocacy and support for member services, KAMS also provides comprehensive primary health care services in the remote communities of Beagle Bay, Bidyadanga, Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna.
In 2014 KAMS established Kimberley Renal Services Pty Ltd to manage the provision of regional renal support and dialysis services in Broome, Derby, Kununurra and Fitzroy Crossing.
KAMSC is a member of the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA – www.ahcwa.org) and of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCO – www.naccho.org.au).
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service is a smoke free organisation and smoking is prohibited in and around all buildings, vehicles and grounds.