Leavina Reid – Chief Executive Officer
Leavina set up Bawrunga Aboriginal Medical Services (BAMS) in Bowraville, NSW in 1999 and has built it up to operating three clinics on the Mid North Coast of NSW and three clinics in the NSW Western Region offering local communities the only autonomous Indigenous Health managed Medical Service in Australia which incorporates a full-time, Bulk billing Medical centre.
Leavina set up her organisation as wholly governed by an Indigenous Board of Directors. It is a managed not-for-profit community organisation. Leavina has worked hard to develop and maintain a sustainable, self-funded, Bulk Billing service for both the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities that access our six Medical Services across NSW.
BAMS’ 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.
For over a decade, Bawrunga Medical Services has been a great innovator. The Coffs Harbour GP Super Clinic represents the next chapter for Leavina and the Bawrunga Medical Services and with this expanded infrastructure comes some very exciting possibilities.
Leavina, with the Board members and a Medical Advisor who bring with them a wealth of experience, expertise and energy, look forward to providing innovative Health Care Services to the communities in which BAMS operates.
Leavina is passionate about Bawrunga Medical Service and aims to make it the very best in Health Care for you and your family.