Our vision is to:
All Kimberley Aboriginal people are empowered to be strong, healthy and connected through Aboriginal community controlled services
KAMS has five strategic priority goals for achieving our vision.
Our Strategic Priorities:
For Aboriginal people, health relates to all aspects of life including spiritual, emotional and physical , as well as relating to community, culture, country and language. A community-led effort is essential to increase access to this holistic model of health for all Aboriginal people in the Kimberley.
Community control of health and other social services is a vital part of Aboriginal self-determination. When Aboriginal organisations across the Kimberley are strong and functioning well, they are empowered to define the issues impacting their communities and develop tailored and holistic solutions to meet community needs.
A strong Aboriginal health and wellbeing workforce is critical to the success of Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley. Their intimate understanding of, and connection to, Aboriginal culture and our communities make them essential in the provision of culturally-safe services and to creating a sustainable, enduring workforce.
A healthier future for our people in the Kimberley requires a collaborative effort led by Aboriginal organisations alongside governments, education providers, researchers and other service providers. The leadership and voice of Aboriginal communities is critical to develop a health system that serves Aboriginal people well.
A culture of shared learning across the health and wellbeing sector can support continuous improvements in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations that lead to better outcomes for our people. We can cultivate this culture by using and sharing research, data, technology and the knowledge of our people.
The strength of our people, partners and the communities we serve give us confidence about our future as an organisation:
We are managed and controlled by Kimberley Aboriginal people, are locally and nationally recognised as an effective advocate for the Kimberley Aboriginal health and wellbeing sector, and provide and support the provision of effective holistic and culturally appropriate primary health care services for Kimberley Aboriginal people.
We define Aboriginal Health as:
the physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential, thereby bringing about the total wellbeing of their community. It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.