Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service

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Cockburn Ranges, East Kimberley WA
Community controlled primary health care service to Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley region.
OVAHS aerial photograph
OVAHS from Kelly’s Knob.

OVAHS is a Community Controlled Aboriginal health service which operates out of Kununurra.

The fledgling service ran out of a fibro cottage in the town and employed 4 Aboriginal health workers, a nurse and later a doctor. BRAMS provided a support role for the EKAMS governing committee during this early period of establishment. East Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service changed its name to Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) in 2001.

Today, OVAHS provides a comprehensive primary health care service to Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley region. Preventative and public health programs include maternal and child health, women's health, chronic disease, sexual health and FASD program. 

Specific health program management is integrated with curative clinic based work through the application of the MMEx computer data base. Staff include Doctors, Aboriginal Health Workers, Registered Nurses, an Audiologist, Mental Health, Social Support Staff and a Midwife.

As a patient of OVAHS we require you to provide us with your personal details and a full medical history, so that we may properly assess, diagnose, treat and be proactive in your health care needs.
OVAHS holds all personal information securely, whether in electronic format, in protected information systems or in hard copy in a secure environment.

OVAHS is able to access and upload information into your electronic health record- “My Health Record” with your consent. OVAHS can help you to open a My Health Record account if you do not already have one. Please ask a member of OVAHS staff if you would like more information about My Health Record.

OVAHS takes complaints and concerns about the privacy of patient’s personal information seriously. Patients should express any privacy concerns in writing. OVAHS will attempt to resolve it in accordance with its complaint policy.
We aim to protect the privacy and secure storage of your health information. You can request a copy of our privacy policy, which includes information about the collection, use and disclosure of your health information.

Outstation clinic visits by clinical staff are conducted to Doon Doon, and Glen Hill.  OVAHS manage specialist appointment notification and transport needs to facilitate access to specialist services.

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Location: 1125 Ironwood Drive, Kununurra WA 6743, AUSTRALIA