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

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

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

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
22-26 Feb Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
4-22 April Broome only (tonsils)
8-14 May Derby only
16-20 May Derby and Fitzroy
13-17 June Fitzroy Valley (Ear Health)
4-8 July Broome only
8-26 August Derby only (tonsils)
17-21 October Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
TBA Fitzroy Valley (Ear Health)
7-25 November Broome only (tonsils)

Renal Physicians

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

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
22-26 Feb Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
29 March-1 April Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
16-20 May Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
27 June-1 July Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
5-9 September Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
31 October-4 November Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
5-9 December Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing

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.

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
24-26 Feb Broome only
30 March-1 April Derby only
25-27 May Broome only
10-12 August Derby only (tonsils)
12-14 October Derby only
14-16 December Broome only

Urology

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

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
7-8 Jan Broome only
3-4 March Broome only
5-6 May Broome only
30 June-1 July Broome only
1-2 September Broome only
3-4 November Broome only

Ophthalmology

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

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
15-19 Feb Broome only
14-18 March Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
2-6 May Derby only
9-13 May Broome only
16-20 May Broome only
20-24 June Derby only
15-19 August Broome only
22-26 August Broome only
19-23 September Derby and Fitzroy Crossing
3-7 October Broome only
14-18 November Derby only

Dermatology

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

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
18-22 January Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Kununarra
4-8 April Broome, Derby, Halls Creek and Kununarra
1-5 August Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Kununarra
31 October-4 November Broome, Derby, Halls Creek and Kununarra

Rheumatology

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

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
4-7 April (face to face) Broome, Derby and Kununarra
5-8 September (face to face) Broome, Derby and Kununarra
25 November (Telehealth) all sites (AM clinic)
TBA (Telehealth) all sites (AM clinic)
TBA (Telehealth) all sites (AM clinic)

Adult Cardiology + Echo

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

Visting Specialist Roster 2016
15-19 Feb Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra
9-13 May Broome, Derby, Balgo, Halls Creek and Kununurra
18-22 July Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra
15-19 August Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra
24-28 October Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra
5-9 December Broome, Derby, Balgo, Halls Creek and Kununurra

Dietician

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

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

Permanent Doctors

Dr Anji Sam

Doctor

Dr Anji Sam

Dr Christina Herceg

Doctor

Dr Christina Herceg

Dr Melanie Pountney

Doctor

Dr Melanie Pountney

Aboriginal Health Practitioners

Delia Lawford

Senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Delia Lawford-Senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Renee McKenzie

Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Renae McKenzie - Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Registered Nurses

Roseanne Graham

Chronic disease nurse

Roseanne Graham - Chronic Disease Nurse