CLINIC

BRAMS Clinic
 The clinic area comprises of the reception area, 4 treatment bays, an emergency room, 13 consultation rooms and dental space. BRAMS prides itself as an AGPal accredited clinic which undergoes review of its standards every 3 years to retain our status.

Stringent policies and processes are undertaken to ensure the very best of care is provided to each patient during their visit. We are currently preparing for QIC accreditation.

WAITING ROOM

Evening weekly clinics

Tuesday

Men/Women/Children

Wednesday

for Men

Thursday

for Women

Clients are greeted in the waiting area by out reception staff, we do not maintain appointments, it is a first in first served environment, time waiting can therefore fluctuate depending on other factors.

We have an Aboriginal Health Worker first policy ensuring each patient’s observations are taken prior to seeing a Doctor. This also allows for non urgent patients who do not require GP consultation to be seen quicker.

Appointments are accepted for Specialist consultations.

All patients attending the service need to be aware that those who present who are very sick or suffering severe pain will be seen first seen in order to prevent their health deteriorating further. We try our best to ensure that each patient is assessed in a timely manner.

There has been an increasing flow of patients each year and due to the ever growing population and demand BRAMS books are closed. Only Indigenous patients can be guaranteed treatment as the organisation only receives funding for this audience.

Should you wish to apply to be a patient of BRAMS the organisation reserves the right to request a proof of Aboriginality form. This can be done by completing the attached form and returning to the organisation to be presented at the next BRAMS Board meeting.

Limited staff and large numbers of patients attending can impact on how long you may have to wait. There are instances where closures occur for staff development and patients will be informed hours in advance of the closure to ensure any patients that have presented are seen prior to the closure.

GP’s

BRAMS provides General Practitioner Training in conjunction with KAMSC/UWA Rural School of Health Studies and WAGPET. All Senior GP’s are registered as RACGP Accredited Supervisors providing essential teaching to Doctors in all aspects of their training phases through to awaiting their fellowship to become fully fledged GP’s.

The Registrar program has been immensely successful as the pathway has provided BRAMS clinic with several doctors who have become long term employees. At present our clinic hosts 6 permanent Doctors, as well a temporary GP registrars, resident medical officers and medical students.

WOMENS HEALTH

A Registered Nurse specialising in Women’s Health needs is available for the mornings from Monday to Wednesday and Thursdays afternoons with an evening clinics between 5-7pm.   Contraception and family planning needs, pap smears and STI screening and follows up.

ALLIED HEALTH/SPECIALIST SERVICES

Referrals

To complement the GP services offered, there are a range of allied health professionals and specialists that frequent the clinic. Doctors are required to refer you to their services to be able to utilise them. Some referrals however maybe directed to the hospital or other medical service providers outside of BRAMS.

Dentist

Monthly, a Dentist and Dental Assistant from the WA Country Health Service Broome Hospital Dental Surgery will visit the clinic. These appointments are allocated by the Dental staff and are for BRAMS patients who satisfy the Centrelink Health Care Card eligibility criteria.

Occasionally the Kimberley Dental Team and other volunteer dental teams may be present at the clinic for short periods of time. These are usually adhoc and patients are seen on a walk in basis.

BELOW ARE THE SCHEDULES FOR VISITING SPECIALISTS

Rheumatology

Requires a referral from your GP or NP -Visits Broome but not based at BRAMS Clinic

Dermatology

Requires a referral from your GP or NP -Visits Broome but not based at BRAMS Clinic

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Requires a referral from your GP or NP – Visits Broome but not based at BRAMS Clinic

Ophthalmology

Requires a referral from your GP or NP -Visits Broome and some days based at BRAMS Clinic

Renal Physicians

Renal Physicians visit BRAMS and review all our late stages renal patients to ensure optimal care.

Urology

Requires a referral from your GP or NP – Visits Broome but not based at BRAMS Clinic

Renal Access

Renal Access provides services in the form of creating fistulas and/or peritoneal dialysis. These procedures are performed at either Broome or Derby Hospital.

Dietician

Dietician comes twice a month. Dietitian visits regularly from Boab Health for one on one and group consultations and programs.

Adult Cardiology + Echo

Requires a referral from your GP or NP -Visits Broome but not based at BRAMS Clinic

Physician

Catering for chronic disease patients, BRAMS Clinic provides specialist doctors.  We cover diseases such as:

  • Diabetes

  • Respiratory Disease

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Cancer related diseases.

Adult Psychologist

Northwest Mental Health Services provide BRAMS with a Psychologist, whom are supported by case workers. This service is provided every 3 weeks.

Podiatrist

BRAMS Clinic provides the services of a Podiatrist from Boab Health, twice a week. They specialise in diabetic foot ulcers and provide annual diabetic feet checks.

Practice consultation fees

All eligible clients of Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service will be bulk billed for all Medicare claimable services delivered by BRAMS personnel. Any associated services that do not attract a Medicare benefit will be performed without charge

Transient clients (e.g. tourists) may be charged a fee above the bulk billing rate for Medicare claimable items. Patients will be advised of any out-of-pocket costs before costs are incurred. Clients who are unable to claim Medicare may be charged a fee for services which approximates the AMA schedule of fees.
An up-to-date copy is located:

  • At reception;
  • In the practice information sheet.

Further information about informing patients of the cost of care can be found in Practice fees.

STAFF

Dr Anji Sam

Doctor

Roseanne Graham

Chronic disease nurse

Renee McKenzie

Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Delia Lawford

Senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner