BRAMS Board Members

The role of the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service Board of Management is to manage the organisation within the approved budget and in accordance with the AMS stated objectives, policies and procedures. The Chief Executive Officer has the responsibility of the day-to-day management of the Service.

If you are interested in joining our board, please download the form available on our forms page.


Phillip Matsumoto - BRAMS Board Member

Philip is a local Yawuru man who worked at Streeter and Male and later became the Owner/Manager of Matso Store, Broome. He is also a father of 6 and was a good basketball player.

He is a Broome Shire Councillor and has been since…….

Philip is a Justice of the Peace and currently works with Kullari Patrol.

He has been on the Board since ……………………. and is currently the Chairperson.

Additionally, Philip is on the KAMSC, ACHWA and NACCHO Board.


Maryanne Martin - BRAMS Board Member

Maryanne has been on the BRAMS Board for 24 years and was the NAIDOC Patron 2008, nominated by the BRAMS committee as the first Aboriginal nurse/midwife in the Kimberley region.

Maryanne was born in 1941 at the then Beagle Bay Mission. She was one of 9 children born to Urusla Grace and Vincent Martin. After several years her family moved to Broome where Maryanne attended St Mary’s primary school where her teachers were the St John of God nuns.

From an early age Maryanne’s interest in health was encouraged and became a reality when the then Matron of the Broome Hospital (Sr Allie Evans) commented ‘I want you girl’ and arranged her recruitment into Enrolled Nurse Training at Mt Henry Hospital for the elderly and the Merridin District Hospital.

Graduating in 1959, Maryanne returned to the Kimberley for a short stint at the Broome Hospital, before deciding to undertake her General Nurse training in the Victoria District Hospital in Geraldton. Completing this in 1964, Maryanne further graduated in Obstetrics at St John of God Hospital in 1969. Maryanne worked at the Broome Native hospital where leprosy was still a common condition. Her nursing experience developed further through working as an emergency relief nurse travelling from hospital to hospital she worked at Laverton, Wongan Hills, Kellerberrin, Southern Cross, Onslow and Derby hospitals, living out of a suitcase.

Maryanne was a strong and determined woman; she refused to obtain her citizenship papers and through her nursing work crossed boundaries and allocated curfew times.

Maryanne has one child.


Kathy Watson-Board Member

Kathy is a mother of 3 and has been involved through various capacities since the beginning of the Aboriginal Health Service.

Kathy was one of the first Aboriginal Health workers trained through the organisation in 1983. She worked at the BRAMS then KAMSC School of Health Studies, for 16 years as the students service officer for the remote areas.

She has a Diploma of Law through the Deakin University Geelong Victoria. She has been on the BRAMS Board since ………….. and has been on the Milliya Rumurra Alcohol Treatment Centre Board for 20 years and is currently the Chairperson.

She is the Director of Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation and the Deputy Chairperson of Goolarri Media and has been with them both for 16 years.

Moreover, she is currently the Secretary for Aboriginal Legal Service and has been involved with them for 4 years.

Kathy also held the position of President of the Broome Community and Police Relations for 5 years.

For 5 years she has owned a security service in partnership, Carbine Security Kimberley’s Pty Ltd.

Kathy is also a Justice of the Peace.


Janet Cox - BRAMS Board Member

Janette was a child care worker at Uppabubba until retirement. She is a Yawuru and Kajawi woman and has 4 children and was also good at basketball

Janette has been on the BRAMS Board since …..


Leonie Cox - BRAMS Board Member

A Nulnul woman, Leonie worked at the Catholic Education Department as a Teachers AID.

She also worked at the Bishop Saunders office as …………..
She was on the NATSIC Board in ………

The Milliya Rumara Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre Board for……………

A Board member for the Peninsular Bombers Football Club.

BRAMS Board since ………..

Leonie has 2 children and was also good at basketball.

Christopher Bin Kali

BRAMS Board Member

Irenaeus Cox

BRAMS Board Member

Trevor Cox

BRAMS Board Member

Raymond Sahanna

BRAMS Board Member

Community control of an Aboriginal Corporation such as the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service occurs through the opportunity for members of an Indigenous community to register as members of the Aboriginal Corporation. Members can then elect a Board of Management who effectively run the Aboriginal Corporation. This means members can nominate or be nominated as Board members, and then vote for the nominees that they want as Board members for their Corporation.

The AMS is incorporated with the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations. The Registrar is an independent statutory office holder who administers the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).