Maari Ma Health
Maari Ma Health is a Regionally focussed Aboriginal Community
Controlled Health Service incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils
of Associations Act 1976. The organisation was established in November
1995 following an extensive community consultation conducted by Sue
Morey and Jack Best on behalf of the Murdi Paaki ATSIC Regional
Morey and Best produced a report based on the consultations entitled
“An Optimal Approach to Delivery of Health Services to Aboriginal
People”. Most communities consulted did not favour the establishment
of separate Aboriginal Medical Services in their communities. Instead
they wanted more say in the delivery of existing health services and
for those services to employ Aboriginal Health Workers.
The Broken Hill community was the exception in that the community felt
that existing services (including GP Services) were not meeting their
needs. The community expressed the wish for the establishment of an
Aboriginal Medical Service.
Maari Ma Health (known as the Far West Ward Aboriginal Health Service
in 1995) applied for funding from the Commonwealth to establish the
organisation. Maari Ma commenced business in November 1995.