Aboriginal Medical Service founded

In June 1971, The AMS is established at a meeting involving people who are concerned about Aboriginal health in Redfern. At the meeting are Shirley Smith, Sister Ignatius Jenkins from the St Vincents Hospital, Gordon Briscoe, Dulcie Flower, Professor Fred Hollows, Ross McKenna, John Russell from South Sydney Community Aid, Paul Coe from the Aboriginal Legal Service and Eddie Neumann. They decide to set up a shop front Aboriginal Medical Service at 171 Regent Street Redfern. It is staffed initially by volunteers, but within months the AMS demands assistance from the Federal Government to continue to expand services. Naomi Myers and Beverley Briggs are active workers at the AMS. Naomi goes on to become a leader at the organisation for 40 years. Beverley Briggs also dedicates her life to AMS