KAMSC (Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council) is a regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS), providing a collective voice for a network of member ACCHS from towns and remote communities across the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) was the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) established in the Kimberley in 1978, and was followed by the East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (EKAMS, in Kununurra) in 1984. The vision for a unified voice, to provide centralised resources and collective advocacy for the sector, achieved reality in 1986 with the establishment of KAMSC.
Today, the KAMSC collective represents four independently incorporated ACCHS – the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS, previously EKAMS), the Derby Aboriginal Health Service (DAHS), Yura Yungi Medical Service (YYMS in Halls Creek), Jurrugk Aboriginal Health Service (JAHS, representing communities along the Gibb River Rd) .
KAMSC Governing Council is made of one representatives from each of its independent member services and one representative from the community councils of Beagle Bay and Bidyadanga, where independent ACCHS are not yet established. KAMSC general meetings are held quarterly in different locations across the region.
KAMSC provides a wide range of regional services to support member ACCHS, with business units including:
- Social and Emotional Well Being Business Support
- Pharmacy support and training
- Corporate Services including payroll support, HR, accounting and administrative services
- Accredited health training and education
- Regional renal services including dialysis
While its major role is in regional advocacy and support for member services, KAMSC also provides comprehensive primary health care services in the remote communities of Beagle Bay, Bidyadanga and Kutjungka (Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna communities).
The KAMSC regional collective of ACCHS is a major employer for in the Kimberley, with Aboriginal people representing more than 70% of its 300+ strong workforce.
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) .