Bawrunga Aboriginal Medical Service (BAMS), is an Indigenous owned and managed not-for-profit community organisation. BAMS was established in Bowraville NSW in 1999, to address the need for affordable, accessible, and high quality health and medical services in the Nambucca Valley.
Bawrunga’s core social goal of fulfilling the unmet health and medical needs of Indigenous communities is achieved through their operation of commercial medical clinics tailored to Indigenous needs. These clinics offer bulk billing General Practitioner (GP) services to the whole community (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people).
The primary focus of BAMS is on preventative health education and chronic disease management, addressing early childhood nutrition and parenting, acute health issues, diet, substance abuse, healthy lifestyles and youth related issues. Using primary healthcare and allied resources as fundamental tools to address and resolve drug, alcohol and violence as social issues. In addition to the clinics, BAMS supports a range of Indigenous specific social and preventative community programs and enterprise development.
Bawrunga Aboriginal Medical Service now operates three medical clinics on the Mid North Coast of NSW, three clinics in the NSW Western Region and one clinic in the Sydney western suburbs, offering local communities the only autonomous Indigenous Health managed Medical Service in Australia which incorporates a full-time, bulk billing medical centre.