KAMSC Remote Clinics
Kutjunka clinical services comprise the communities of Balgo, Billiluna and Mulan. The Kutjungka communities have a health committee and KAMSC provides the clinical services under contract for Western Australian Community Health Service (WACHS).
KAMSC encourages the development of local involvement in the running of health services, with the aim of local control in the future as an independent Aboriginal health service as a member of KAMSC.
There is a high proportion of young people in the Kutjungka region, approximately 55% – 60% of people are 25 years or younger.
The people in the Kutjungka region have
- High level of health needs,
- A developing curative and preventative health service (KAMSC)
- A developing Cultural Health Service.
Traditional healing practices continue to be prominent and people will often consult a traditional healer before attending the clinic. Bush medicines, sourced from the local landscape are used for a variety of sickness and complaints. People often use a combination of traditional and contemporary medicine.
Beagle Bay Health Service was established in 1986. The community of Beagle Bay has a population of around 360 people and is located on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.
The Beagle Bay clinic has a complement of 2 Senior AHWs, a Nurse, a full-time Clinic Manager, as well as a junior AHW.
The multi-disciplinary Beagle Bay team also includes a full-time receptionist, cleaner/gardener and driver. GP services are provided both on a fly-out basis once a week from the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Services (BRAMS) as well as on a drive out basis for 1-2 days each week by the KAMSC Peninsula GP.
The Beagle Bay team provides a comprehensive primary health care service, including 24 hour emergency cover, and has a strong focus on preventative and population health programs; enhanced screening, early detection and management of chronic illnesses; and on community-centred maternal and child health care.
In keeping with the KAMSC philosophy of building strong local Indigenous health workforce, the Beagle Bay clinic staff provide a welcoming environment for trainees, including Aboriginal health worker trainees, nursing students, medical students and GP registrars.
Bidyadanga Community Clinic was established in 1986. With a population of around 800, it is the largest discrete Aboriginal community in Western Australia.
Clinical services are operated by KAMSC (the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council) on behalf of the community of Bidyadanga, with Bidyadanga Community Council having representation as a member of the KAMSC governing committee.
Health staff include a fulltime Clinic Manager, five Aboriginal Health Workers including two Senior positions, four Registered Nurses, Receptionist, Clinic drivers, Cleaner and visiting GP services provided by both the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) and KAMSC.
Bidyadanga clinic provides a welcoming environment for education and training of health staff, including Aboriginal Health Worker trainees, nursing students, medical students and GP Registrars.
Bidyadanga is a large community with complex health needs, including high rates of both acute and chronic illness. In addition to the day to day care provided by health staff, the Bidyadanga clinic provides a range of both clinic and community-based population health and preventive health programs.
Facilities in the community of Bidyadanga include a large community store, fuel outlet, multi-functional police unit, school, telecentre, and a community swimming pool completed in 2007.