Orange Aboriginal Medical Service or OAMS is making a difference to the health of Aboriginal families and the wider community of Central Western NSW. OAMS started in 2005, as a self determined Aboriginal organisation with a vision to be a leader in health and in the community.
OAMS governance structure is commended by Commonwealth Health and provides flexibility to take advantage of opportunities, and that means OAMS can deliver health outcomes with a difference! The GP-led medical service is complimented by integrated on-going care with other health professionals, and supported by appointment booking, patient transport and follow up.
A whole of life approach to health, OAMS provides health services from antenatal, dental and a range of health programs, all delivered in a culturally sensitive manner. With a large number of clients, plus the majority of Aboriginal people in Orange using the service, OAMS is helping to ‘Close the Gap’ in Indigenous health.
How can we help?
Providing education opportunities for both medical and health related study in Indigenous health, training for Aboriginal people in health related fields and supporting the local community to learn how to better take care of their own and family’s health are a key focus of OAMS.
After all it is improving the capacity of the community which will be the best catalyst for an improvement in health outcomes.
Together with our partners OAMS is involved in the following educational programs:
University of Western Sydney
Medical student placement
University of Sydney
Medical student Indigenous studies unit practical placement
Charles Sturt University
Nursing & midwifery Indigenous health study unit
Dental student candidates - short term observational placements to enhance their application to CSU.
John Flynn Placement Program
Rural & remote Doctors experience placement
Medical student placement that includes parallel consulting with the GPs on site.
Access for dental assistant students to sterilising unit for practical classes. For more information on what's on offer at TAFE NSW: Click here
Medical Registrar Candidates
Placement for GP registrar candidates
University of Newcastle
Health studies students
Work experience for students in health-related courses
Pathways to Dental
Training program entitled “Ismile” targeting Aboriginal people who have an interest in a dental health profession.
Internally, staff education and training support is a fundamental aspect of support to comprehensive primary health care, OAMS sees continuing education of staff is critical to maintaining high standards of health service delivery.
In addition to updating and maintaining vocational accreditation members of the team at OAMS are formally studying, diploma in HR management and business management, masters in child and family health, cert IV in business administration, certificate III in Aboriginal primary healthcare, bachelor of nursing, advanced training in women’s health.
Studying during her time working at OAMS, Ekala French, Aboriginal health worker is a graduate from Tafe Western completing Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care.