Joint Media Release with Member for Durack Ms Melissa Price MP
Children and families in Broome and the broader Kimberley region will have access to more integrated clinical, social and emotional wellbeing support, thanks to the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) Family Centre.
Speaking in Broome today, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Coalition Government was delighted to invest $1.5 million in the new centre.
“I congratulate the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service for its work in founding the centre and undertaking a successful trial,” Minister Scullion said.
“To be provided over four years, the Government’s $1.5 million investment will enable BRAMS to employ specialised case managers and social and emotional wellbeing workers.
“The Family Centre provides culturally-appropriate services for Aboriginal mothers and their babies, including antenatal clinics, immunisation, paediatric nutrition and early screening.
“The centre also provides social and emotional wellbeing and early intervention services to families, including support for those affected by family violence, alcohol and drug abuse.
“Importantly, the centre works in partnership with local service providers to provide a comprehensive wrap-around service for Aboriginal people.”
The Member for Durack, Melissa Price, said that since the pilot kicked off in February 2016, the centre had made a huge impact in Broome and received strong support from the local community and other organisations.
“This funding will ensure the BRAMS Family Centre can deliver additional services to support local Indigenous families,” Ms Price said.
BRAMS Chairman, Christopher Bin Kali, welcomed the Government’s funding and said it would enable the BRAMS Family Centre to continue servicing the needs of local Indigenous families.
The Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service has been supporting Broome families since 1978, when it was established as the first remote Aboriginal Medical Services facility in Western Australia.
The $1.5 million for the BRAMS Family Centre will come out of the Coalition Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.