The Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern was established in 1971 and was the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Australia!

Our History

We strive to improve the quality and range of our services through community interaction and evaluation.

The Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern (AMS Redfern) was established in 1971 and was the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Australia and is now a key Aboriginal community organization from which most Aboriginal Medical Services around NSW have stemmed.

The AMS pioneered the concept of Aboriginal Community controlled healthcare and was founded as a co-operative to provide healthcare services to the local Aboriginal Community in and around Redfern to overcome the neglect and racism Aboriginal people were experiencing in mainstream health services. Initially set up in Redfern as a shopfront in Regent Street, and later moved to Turner Street on land donated by the Sisters of Mercy, the service was staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, nuns and medical students in the early days.

Hours of Operation

Medical Clinic
Monday – Thursday 8am-6pm

Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Dental Clinic (currently relocated to Sydney Dental Hospital while refurbishment takes place. Plan to be back onsite by the end of March 2020)
Monday – Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

Public Health
Monday – Friday: 9am - 5pm

Drug & Alcohol Unit
Monday – Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

Monday – Friday: 9am - 5pm

Physical Address

36 Turner Street, Redfern, NSW 2016

Postal Address:

PO Box 1174, Strawberry Hills 2012

Contact Details: 

Phone: (02) 93195823 Fax: (02) 93193345

Email: amsredfern@amsredfern.org.au

Temporary Dental Clinic Address:

Sydney Dental Hospital

Level 6, 2 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: 0437 073 584 for bookings

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When the AMS is Closed:

Please call the Sydney Medical Service on (02) 8724 6300

Please make sure you have a valid Medicare card.  

If you have a medical emergency, are experiencing chest pain 

or having difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an AMBULANCE.

Feedback and complaints:

Continually improving the service we provide to you is very important to us.

We value all your comments. We have a suggestion box in the reception area of the medical clinic, where you can make a comment or suggestion that you feel will improve our services.
If you are not happy with our service or wish to make a complaint you will be treated in a courteous and understanding manner. You may discuss with a staff member if you feel the service is not to your satisfaction, or if you are not satisfied with the outcome you can write to the CEO of AMS Redfern with your concern.

If you are still not satisfied you can contact;

NSW Health Care Complaints Commission

Ph: 02 9219 7444 or (toll free) 1800 043 159
Email: hccc@hccc.nsw.gov.au
Mail: Locked Mail Bag 18, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Our Staff


Slide Edie Coe Chair of the Board of Directors Daniel Daylight Director Ricky Lyons Director Slide Barb McGuinnes Director Leona McGrath Director Dulcie Flower Director Slide Kooncha Brown Director


LaVerne / Karen / Josh LaVerne Bellear CEO Karen Silva Practice Manager Josh Roxburgh Public Health & Community Relations Manager Toni / Bradley / Barbara Bradley Freeburn Drug and Alcohol Coordinator Barbara Kennedy Mental Health Coordinator Toni Madden Transport Coordinator Med / Pub Under Recruitment Mental Health Coordinator Under Recruitment Transport Coordinator Kath / John Dr Kath Keenan Senior GP Dr John Lee Principal Dentist Kim / Mona Kim Mafi Dental Clinic Coordinator Mona Paii Office Coordinator