Centre of Excellence

GRAMS Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal Primary Health Care and Training was developed with the purpose of maintaining Aboriginal community input and control over all GRAMS operations. We aim to increase staff and community understanding of the GRAMS mission, vision and values as well as preparing plans for the future growth of the organisation.

The Centre was developed in partnership with Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) and the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) and will enable both organisations to create a centre of excellence that blends clinical primary health care with training and research opportunities. It offers three pillars of service delivery: Family Health (child and maternal health); Social, Emotional and Wellbeing and Chronic Disease care.

The Centre includes a newly built training area in which GRAMS and registered training providers can deliver new training opportunities for people working in Aboriginal health. This will provide opportunities to upskill local Aboriginal health staff to more advanced professional roles as well as opportunities for training non-Aboriginal providers in a high functioning Aboriginal community controlled health service in how to best support Aboriginal people in managing their health.

The Centre is located at the GRAMS premises on Rifle Range Road in Geraldton.

The Centre of Excellence achievements to date are as follows:

  • Established a new clinic in Mt Magnet
  • Increased services to the Murchison and Gascoyne districts
  • Improved coordination and quality of clinical services
  • The receipt of funds to expand the GRAMS Rifle Range Road building to develop the Centre of Excellence
  • Partnerships developed with WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) supporting the development of the Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal Primary Health Care and Training
  • Improved business management systems and processes
  • Recognition of GRAMS leadership role in research and research translation
  • Implementation of an after-hours service
  • Increased state and national recognition of GRAMS strengths and achievements
  • Increased specialist services
  • Demonstrated improved service partnerships with other health stakeholders through achievements of the Yamatji Regional Forum