OVAHS commenced in 1983. The East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service was incorporated in 1984.
The fledgling service ran out of a fibro cottage in the town and employed 4 Aboriginal health workers, a nurse and later a doctor. BRAMS provided a support role for the EKAMS governing committee during this early period of establishment. East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service changed its name changed to Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service in 2001.
Today, OVAHS provides a comprehensive primary health care service to Aboriginal people in the Kununurra region. Preventative and public health programs include maternal and child health, women's health, chronic disease, sexual health and an 11 person Social and Emotional Wellbeing unit.
Specific health program management is integrated with curative clinic based work through the application of the Ferret computer data base. Staff include doctors, Aboriginal health workers, registered nurses and Psychologists.
Outstation clinic visits by a doctor and AHW are conducted to Doon Doon, Glen Hill, Keep River and Molly Springs. First aid kits and basic pharmaceuticals are provided to many of the outstations. OVAHS manage specialist appointment notification and transport needs to facilitate access to specialist services.