White Ribbon originated in 1991, when a group of three men from Toronto, began a campaign to stop violence against women, after a massacre of 14 women by a lone gunman at a university in Montreal.
Today, it is an international effort in over 57 countries, of men and boys working to end violence against women. Walgett has one of the highest rates nationwide of violence against women.
WAMS has always taken a stand against any violence, whether it be directed at women or men. It is proud to be working towards becoming an Accredited White Ribbon organisation to stop this practice, and is encouraging their male staff to become ambassadors of this movement to prevent violence against women in the workplace. In turn, it is hoped that this endeavour will persuade the male population of Walgett that violence against women will not be tolerated.
WAMS is a non-profit organisation which relies on public support from individuals, community groups, corporations, trusts and foundations as well as government funding to continue to improve the health and well-being of our clients and the community.
In 1986 we opened our doors to the Walgett community. The Board of Directors moved a resolution to treat ALL people, and that has been the case since. Currently, 40% of our clients are non-Aboriginal.
WAMS is the first Aboriginal Medical Service in NSW to be accredited (1998) with the (national) Quality Improvement Council (QIC) / (state) Quality Management Service (QMS) for organisational operations. WAMS is also accredited for its General Practice facilities with General Practice Accreditation (GPA) Plus.
In 2013, WAMS underwent its fifth cycle of accreditation with both agencies.
In 2014 WAMS was one of the first Aboriginal Medical Services in New South Wales to achieve Dental Practice Accreditation through the Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) group.Read more