The history of Bila Muuji is that a group of Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) CEO’s in rural and remote NSW, felt that a regional body could identify and address shared issues impacting the health and social needs of Aboriginal communities and that a unified voice carried more weight than one voice in the wildness. Bila Muuji, meaning ‘river friends’ was formed in 1995 to be that voice and to date, Bila Muuji strives to go from strength to strength.
The Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services Incorporated comprises Aboriginal Community Controlled Medical Services from Brewarrina, Bourke, Coomealla, Coonamble, Dubbo, Forbes, Orange, Wellington, Maari Ma, Walgett and Orana Haven Rehabilitation Centre and we are very active in trying to address the health inequality in each of our local communities. Our approach is to “provide health services addressing not just the physical well-being of the individual but also the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole community”.
The members of Bila Muuji are fully accredited medical services with Orana Haven being a fully accredited Rehabilitation Centre as well. Members of Bila Muuji meet quarterly with most meetings held in Dubbo. Bila Muuji has a relationship with our State and National Affiliates, AH&MRC and NAACHO, the NSW Western LHD and Western NSW PHN and other major funding agencies such as NSW Ministry of Health, Department of Health and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The collegiate relationships developed as a member of Bila Muuji are valuable in sharing common concerns of our business. In addition membership of the Bila Muuji offers strength in numbers when lobbying for programs or submitting for a regional proposal. Members are also available to offer advice and support to those communities wishing to establish an Aboriginal Health and/or Medical Service or for members service that require clinical and operational accreditation and governance advice.
The Aboriginal Medical Services which make up the Bila Muuji are non profit organisations and rely on public support from individuals, community groups, corporations, trusts and foundations as well as government funding to continue to improve the health and well being of their clients and the local communities. Take a moment and read about some of our client’s and how we have been able to assist them.
P: 1800 999 444
P: (02) 6884 7502
M: 0419 975 624
Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services Inc.
PO Box 1841
Dubbo NSW 2830