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Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service provides quality holistic healthcare for people in the Worimi Nation.

We are based in Forster, NSW and promote wellbeing through a range of healthcare services and lifestyle programs.

  • Practitioners
  • Board of directors
  • Our vision & values
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    Our team of professional practitioners are dedicated to maintaining the highest standard.

Financial report from 2018 – 2019

Clinic

Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service offers a range of healthcare services, taking a holisitic approach toward diagnosis and management of illness.

Transport

We provide transport for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to attend medical appointments. Alternatively, you can use the below service:
Community Transport
Address: 2/4 Commerce Court, Forster
Phone: 65554 5447

Home Visits

Our regular clients with a substantial illness or mobility problems can arrange a Home Visit during practice hours. This is subject to the discretion of the patient’s doctor.

Recall and Reminders

Tobwabba works in cooperation with the National and State based recall and reminder registers. We may occasionally send our patients a reminder notice, offering preventative health services appropriate to their individual care. If this is something you do not want to receive, please tell reception or your doctor.

Appointments

Our practice only offers consultation by appointment. If you have a number of issues to discuss, please let reception know so that they can book a longer appointment for you. We encourage our clients to request their preferred doctor when making an appointment. Urgent appointments will be seen by the first available doctor.

Cost

Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service is a bulkbilling service.

Recommended Services

After Hours

Forster Tuncurry Medical Centre
Address: 14 South Street, Forster
Phone: 6555 0444

Manning Base Hospital
Address: York Street, Taree
Phone: 6592 9111

Legal Services

Legal Aid
Civil and Family We have a visiting legal aid service,
who come to Tobwabba one Wednesday of the month for drop in appointments.
For more information, contact them on:
Phone: 02 5525 1600

Family Law Intervention Unit The team visit Tobwabba once a month. To book an appointment or find out more, contact them on:
Phone: 1800 551 589

Chris Spencer CEO

Chris is a proud Gumbaynggirr man, born and raised in Garlambirla (Coffs Harbour) within the Gumbaynggirr Nation of NSW, who continues his cultural development with local Elders and local communities. Chris, who studied Business at Newcastle University holds a strong background in NSW Aboriginal Land Rights, Cultural Heritage, Community Consultation and Business Administration. In 2014 he was awarded the inaugural Young Business Person of the Year by the NSW Business Chamber and received the honour of being named Coffs Harbour City Council’s NAIDOC Person of the Year for the city of Coffs Harbour in 2015.

 

Chris has held the position of CEO of Coffs Harbour Land Council and most recently the CEO of Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance approaches community development from a positive perspective and focuses on what gives Aboriginal people an advantage: their culture. The Alliance aims to position culture as the foundation for the long-term sustainability of the region’s 12,000 Aboriginal people. Culture is linked to the building of pride and self-esteem as well as providing a viable career path.

 

In addition to his 15 years’ experience leading Aboriginal community controlled organisations on the Mid North Coast, Chris is a regular speaker at Aboriginal summits, events and in the media. He’s also a confident speaker within an office environment and if you’ve been lucky enough to have a yarn with Chris you’ll know he’s a goldmine of information about his region’s culture, lores, natural treasurer’s and traditions, which he gladly shares with compassion, sensitivity and humour. We welcome Chris to the role to bring his strong management experience and cultural knowledge to lead Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service as a best practice provider of holistic health services for the Worimi Nation.