August 6, 2021 

 

About Us

Our Story

Our people come from all over Australia, and we acknowledge the traditional custodianship, ancestors and elders of the lands and rivers of our region, including the Baraba Baraba, Barindji, Barkinje, Barranbinya, Barundji, Dadi Dadi, Danggali, Gunu, Karenpgapa, Kureinji, Madi Madi, Malyangaba, Muruwari, Nari Nari, Waalgali, Wail-wan, Wandjiwalgu, Wemba Wemba, Wiljali, Wiradjuri, Wongaibon, Yitha Yitha, Yorta Yorta peoples. We also acknowledge the vision, courage and foresight of those in the community who established the early health services, some of which have now been operating over 30 years. There have been struggles and challenges, many of which are still with us today, but together, we are overcoming these to build a powerful force for positive change in our lands in western NSW.

Bila Muuji means ‘River Friends’. The rivers are our refuge, a source of life and wellbeing , places which give us strength. Bila Muuji expresses our identity and connection to country as nations and peoples, families, men, women, young and old, mothers and fathers and babies and cous-ins, aunties and uncles, elders and grandparents. Together we are strong.

     

 Our Vision

For transformation of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in our Region.

Community

Holistic

Aboriginal control/manage

Respectful

Transparent

Effective/efficient

Responsive

Annual Reports

Bila Muuji - Annual Report 2017/2018

OAMS Annual Report 2017

Maari Ma Annual Report 2017

Client Stories

The Indigenous Australians have not shared in the health gains enjoyed by many other Australians over the last twenty years. The Aboriginal Health Services in the rural and remote NSW work very closely with and for their communities and there has been some progress but there is still a lot more that needs to be done. Hear from our clients their story and how important it is for them to have access to our member’s services.

 

Close The Gap Campaign

The poorer health of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared to the non-Indigenous population is no secret – and something can be done about it. Since 2006, Australia's peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies and Regional Consorituims such as Bila Muuji,  NGOs and human rights organisations have worked together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is known as the Close the Gap Campaign.

The campaign's goal is to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. The campaign is built on evidence that shows that significant improvements in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be achieved within short time frames.

By joining our efforts we can make sure that by 2030 any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child born in this country has the same opportunity as other Australian children to live a long, healthy and happy life.

Close the Gap campaign is about improving indigenous health and to achieve health equality for Indigenous Australians within 25 years. The Indigenous life expectation is 17 years lower than other Australians; infant mortality is three times higher; and death rates for Indigenous Australians are twice as high across all age groups*.

The campaign calls on the Australian Government to:

The Closing the Gap Prime Ministers Report 2017 http://closingthegap.pmc.gov.au/

Odyssey House is the lead consortium partner along with Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (BMACHS), Karralika House and The Buttery to deliver information and education about drugs and alcohol in locations as part of the Community Drug & Action Teams (CDATs). Funded by NSW Health from 2021 to 2023 the consortium will manage the program, supporting CDATs to deliver prevention activities and help reduce drug and alcohol related harms in local communities.

The state-wide CDAT network is supported by an Advisory Group comprising representatives from health, police, justice, research, education, consumer rights, local health districts and primary health networks. Community Drug & Alcohol Teams are an informal group of community members, local health districts personnel and representative from other government and non-government agencies who volunteer their time to work together on alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues affecting their local communities.

Narelle Blackhall and Catherine Noble, Community Development Officers (CDOs) for Western and Far Western NSW role is to assist in supporting the CDATs to deliver supports to individuals & families who are dealing with alcohol and drug problems.

Western NSW
Narelle Blackhall covering the Condobolin, Forbes/Parkes, Orange and Wellington communities
Ph: 0448 726 043
narelleb@bilamuujihealthservices.org.au

Far Western NSW
Catherine Noble covering Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri communities
Ph: 0448 737 051
catherinen@bilamuujihealthservices.org.au

Program Delivery:


Community Drug and Alcohol Team

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Mobile: (02) 6885 6097
Email: pamelar@bilamuujihealthservices.org.au

Physical Address

Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Services Inc.
1/187 Brisbane Street
Dubbo NSW 2830


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The Aboriginal Medical Services are non profit organisations that 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.

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PAMELA RENATA
Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Services Inc.
1/187 Brisbane Street
Dubbo NSW 2830

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'Access to health services is vital to the well-being of our communities and for future generations...’ 

Introduction

Bila Muuji, meaning ‘river friends’ was formed in 1995 as a strategic approach by a group of CEO's to offer support to regional CEO's in rural and remote NSW. The Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) CEO’s 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 in western NSW would be strengthened through the development of Bila Muuji.

The Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Services Incorporated comprises Aboriginal Community Controlled Medical Services from Coomealla, Coonamble, Dubbo, Forbes Orana Haven and Orange 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. 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 NACCHO, 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.