KAMS (Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd) is a member based, regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO), providing support and representing the interests of eight independent ACCHOs from towns and remote communities across the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and Kimberley Renal Services, which is a wholly owned subsidiary.
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.
All Kimberley Aboriginal people are empowered to be strong, healthy and connected through Aboriginal community controlled services
Aboriginal Community Control
We are an organisation of Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people, controlled by Aboriginal people
We care about our patients, our staff and our stakeholders
We are respectful and we treat each other, our clients and our stakeholders with dignity
We respect the diversity of Aboriginal people and endeavour to embed the culture of all Kimberley Aboriginal people
To deliver holistic health and wellbeing outcomes to Kimberley Aboriginal people in partnership with Aboriginal led organisations that centres around Aboriginal culture and knowledge
Accountability & Responsibility
We set goals and we hold ourselves to account
We are transparent, honest and we do what we say we will do
We are here for the long term and will leave a positive legacy for future generations
We strive for excellence and encourage our staff to achieve great results
Innovation & Continuous Improvement
We seek to push the boundaries and we don’t accept mediocrity
KAMS is governed by a Board made up of highly respected and experienced Aboriginal representatives from these Member Services and the communities they serve.
In addition to supporting our Member Services, KAMS also delivers healthcare services through remote health centres in Balgo, Beagle Bay, Bidyadanga, Billiluna and Mulan.
KAMS provides a wide range of services including:
- Financial and accounting
- Regional population health programs
- Social and Emotional Well Being Support
- Health Promotion
- Information Communication Technology Support
- Corporate Services
- 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.