NETWORKS & PARTNERS
The OAMS network and partners are strategically integral to the success of our organisation. Whether providing governance assistance, training, funding or fee for service opportunities each adds value through improving our connection and service delivery to those that need our services most.
Bila Muuji Regional Aboriginal Health Service is a collegiate of Aboriginal community controlled health & related services from Orange, Wellington, Dubbo, Coonamble, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Forbes and Coomealla
In this group common concerns of business and advocacy for program funding are shared, having been successful to date with IT support, regional oral health coordination & regional GP education & mentoring.
OAMS has strong links with the Western NSW Local Health District (WLHD), particularly through the Maternal & Infant Health programs, Chronic Care and Dental services of the Orange Health Service.
The WLHD is also represented on our Population Health Steering committee to provide consistent care for Aboriginal people in our community.
Marathon Health assists OAMS in chronic care coordination and psychology services, and is a partner in the population health steering committee.
The Bathurst office assists its community to access our outreach Dental services.
OAMS hosts University of Western SydneyMedical Students on a 4 week immersion placement. This relationship strengthens OAMS service through participation in the ‘Health of Our Community’ and Aboriginal Health Check improvement study projects – invaluable resources when competitively tendering for NSW Ministry of Health services funding.
UWS has also assisted OAMS and Bila Muuji with funding for a regional GP educator / mentor and a research Officer.
OAMS hosts the University of Sydneymedical students to complete their Indigenous studies unit and the university is represented on OAMS population health steering committee.
OAMS partners with UoS on various smaller research study projects and have jointly submitted applications for additional smaller and larger research projects.
Charles Sturt University recognises OAMS as a leader in Aboriginal health care and places with OAMS Nursing & Midwifery students to complete Indigenous Health study units.
The OAMS dental team consults with specialists in the CSU Dental School on more complex cases and a number of potential dental students do short term observational placements at OAMS to enhance their applications to CSU.
OAMS hosts the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) is an important part of a long-term strategy to increase rural & remote doctors address workforce shortages and improve the quality of healthcare for rural and remote Australians. The placements is a balance between clinical experiences and social activities, opportunities to work with primary and allied health teams as well as other health networks in the community.
OAMS collaborates with TAFE Western on several programs to promote local employment include an MOU to provide dental assistant TAFE students access to OAMS sterilising unit for practical components, assist students doing T-VET prevocational health related courses do work experience and developing a unique “Pathways to Dental” training program entitled “Ismile”. This program targets Aboriginal people who have an interest in a dental health profession.
NACCHO Qumax: ‘Quality use of Medicines maximised’ – improving access and use of medications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is an ongoing program funded via NACCHO.
An OAMS transport officer, partially funded through QUMAX provides transport to all clients of OAMS to attend appointments, collect pharmacy scripts or to deliver medications if they are unable to travel.
Our relationship with the University of Wollongong differs from our normal placements with the UoW medical students jointly placed with OAMS and the Orange Health Service for a full 12 month program. This longitudinal placement is for a practical learning experience that includes parallel consulting with the GPs on site at OAMS.
The Rural Doctors Network has been funding OAMS for the past 3-5 years for a variety of much needed specialist services to our clients and community. Funded programs include:
- Chronic Disease
- Diabetic Educator
The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) of NSW facilitates site exchanges between member services, for professional relationships, networking and information sharing about health checks and other clinical systems.
OAMS has students from the University of Newcastle, who are generally from the local area studying in Newcastle providing experiential learning in close proximity to family.
OAMS is partnered with Beyond Medical Education to provide placement for GP Registrar candidates.