The South West region of Western Australia has always played host to significant meetings and cultural events of Noongar People (for thousands of years, well before the first Europeans landed on these shores and established ‘responsible government’ in 1829).

The South West region has always been of high cultural significance for local Noongar People who regard the area as an important food resource.

Historical records indicate that local Noongar people lived well.

SWAMS was born from humble beginnings in 1997, with only three staff members and six months of funding to its name and for the first time, the Aboriginal people of the South West had access to their own primary health care service. The first premises were located at Spencer Street, where a residence was converted to become the first SWAMS health service building.

Two decades years later, we are a thriving organisation with over 70 highly trained staff (2018), modern clinic facilities capable of servicing much of the region, and an impressive portfolio of health programs and services.