Kirrae Health Services is built on the Framlingham Aboriginal Community which is situated on Gunditjmara Country on the western plains of Victoria. In1861 Framlingham was established as an Aboriginal reserve until 1911 by the Board for Protection of Aborigines. Then in 1911 all reserves around Victoria were being closed, which meant the Framlingham Aboriginal Community was to move to Lake Tyers reserve in Gippsland. Despite much harassment from the Government many people chose to stay in Framlingham. This strong fighting spirit has helped pave the way for the community and helped it get to where it is today.
Kirrae Health Service was first established in the late 1970s by Brian Davis and his wife Maisie. This husband and wife duo started the Service to support the community, ranging from long distance transport to attend meetings, medical appointments and visiting members of the community to help support their day to day needs. At the very beginning there was a doctor (Dr Jim Thomson) who would visit once every couple of weeks. Dr Thomson would work out of a bus (see previous page) that Brian and Maisie purchased which they also used to live in. The main driving forces that kept Kirrae alive and allowed the service to grow over these years was community participation, which helped the Service respond to the needs of the community.
The Kirrae Health Service exists in order to service the physical, mental and emotional health needs of the Framlingham Aboriginal community in a manner that is effective, culturally sensitive and acceptable to the community.
To achieve this, Kirrae Health Service provides culturally-specific services and programs to meet the needs of the community members residing in the Framlingham Aboriginal Settlement.