The Aboriginal community was integral to the establishment of the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service (PLAHS). It developed as a result of Reports and Submissions put to the Commonwealth and State Governments from the mid 1980’s onwards. In May 1992, Paul Ashe was appointed Health Service Coordinator to oversee its early establishment phase.
By June, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) issued a grant for building renovations, furniture, fittings and medical equipment, as well as recurrent funds for recruitment of staff. The SA Health Commission also made an area available within the Health and Welfare Complex on Oxford Terrace. PLAHS was officially opened in September 1993 by Lowitja O’Donoghue, Chairperson of ATSIC. In 2013, PLAHS celebrated its 20th Anniversary with an Open Day and Community BBQ.