Medical Services

Aboriginal Medical Services

The first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service – or Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) – was established by the local Aboriginal community in Redfern in July 1971. It was established principally to address the discrimination experienced by Aboriginal people in mainstream services; the ill health and premature deaths of Aboriginal people; and the need for culturally appropriate and accessible health services. Since then the number of AMSs have expanded in order to address Aboriginal health needs throughout the country.

Aboriginal Health Services aim to be the peak providers of high quality, culturally appropriate holistic primary health and related care services throughout the Mid North Coast. The services operate from Monday to Friday and provide access to General Practitioners, Aboriginal Health Workers, various medical specialists and allied health professionals.

The following Aboriginal Medical Services provide services to communities within the boundaries of the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Please contact them directly for further information:

02 6652 0800 Galambila Aboriginal Medical Service, Coffs Harbour

02 6958 6800 Darrimba Maarra, Nambucca

02 6589 4000 Werin Aboriginal Corporation Medical Clinic, Port Macquarie

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