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Our vision is that all Aboriginal people enjoy a high quality of health and wellbeing.

Our mission is that the Aboriginal Health Council will work in ways that maximise the capacity of the Aboriginal community in determining their health and wellbeing by ensuring:

  • Community participation
  • Community ownership

We will do this in ways that ensure the Aboriginal Health Council values:

  • Cultural diversity
  • Community history and knowledge
  • Community strength

We believe the best way to achieve the AHCSA vision in the manner described will be based on the objectives set forth in the AHCSA Constitution as the foundation document of the Association.

These Objectives will support the activity of the AHCSA Board and Secretariat.

AHCSA Objectives:

  1. Operate as the peak body for Aboriginal health in South Australia
  2. Improve the health outcomes for all Aboriginal people of South Australia, promoting and advancing the community’s commitment to physical, social and emotional wellbeing and quality of life
  3. Build the capacity of members to create a strong and enduring Aboriginal Community Controlled health sector and contribute to improving the capacity of mainstream health services to respond appropriately to the health needs of the Aboriginal community of South Australia
  4. Contribute to the development of a well qualified and trained Aboriginal health sector workforce

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Our Members

AHCSA works with communities through its Members to ensure that governments and government departments clearly hear community needs. Therefore, AHCSA’s role is to act as a ‘watchdog’ over the provision of health services appropriately meeting community needs. AHCSA is committed to and endorses the NACCHO definition of Aboriginal health and primary health care:

Aboriginal health means not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being thereby bringing about the total well-being of their Community. It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life. And that primary health care is all inclusive, integrated health care and refers to the quality of health services. It is a comprehensive approach to health in accordance with the Aboriginal holistic definition of health and arises out of the practical experience within the Aboriginal community itself having to provide effective and culturally appropriate health services to its communities.

Primary health care, within the holistic health provision of an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, provides a sound structure to address all aspects of health care arising from social, emotional and physical factors. Furthermore, the following principles guide our work for the South Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector:

  • The NACCHO definition of health must underpin all deliberations on Aboriginal well-being, requiring non-Aboriginal health care providers to develop a comprehension of the political, cultural, spiritual, emotional, environmental, structural, economic and biological factors which impinge on Aboriginal well-being.
  • Health services for Aboriginal people must be culturally valid. This requires the self-determination of Aboriginal communities and their health services to be controlled by local Aboriginal communities ensuring services are appropriate to the local Community.
  • Health services to Aboriginal communities should be properly funded, requiring recognition by funding bodies of historical impairment, existing inequalities, cultural and geographical isolation and cultural imperatives such as men’s and women’s business.

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