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Training at AHCSA

The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Health representing the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health and Substance Misuse Services throughout South Australia at a State and National level.

AHCSA delivers Nationally Accredited training and has been registered with the Australia Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) since 2004 (RTO 40142).

AHCSAs RTO and training programs are distinctive in the development and delivery of culturally appropriate training, with learning resources that are contextualised using local Aboriginal community and service examples and scenarios. These aspects enable graduates to leave with knowledge and skills that are relevant to both the health industry and their communities.

AHCSA prides itself on providing a comfortable learning environment reflective of the organisation’s cultural values and connections. To ensure the best learning outcomes for students, class sizes are capped at 12 students and all training programs incorporate a balance of theory and hands-on learning activities.

At the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia we are committed to ensuring students reach outstanding success in their relevant field in the Health Sector.

We aspire to provide excellence as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) by providing:

  • Career relevant, nationally recognised training
  • Outstanding student support

We engage with the community, industry and partnering organisations to ensure we continually deliver relevant and industry-focused programs. A qualified Educator will deliver and assess each training session and make arrangements to work with you throughout your learning to assist with the achievement of learning outcomes.

The Education, Training and Workforce Team

The AHCSA Education, Training and Workforce Team has a strong and proven track history of facilitating quality training and development needs for its Aboriginal Primary Health stakeholders throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory. The team has facilitated nationally recognised Primary Health Care and Research qualifications since 2004 to its constituents, and its broader National Aboriginal Health Service network.

Notable achievements:

  • December 2016 AHCSA was successful in it’s application with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for accreditation of Approved Program of Study for the HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice qualification.
  • May 2016 the AHCSA RTO was named as a Finalist for the 2016 South Australian Training Awards Small Training Provider of the Year Award.
  • September 2015 the AHCSA RTO was invited to become an Approved delegate of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Further details on this can be found on the Approved Delegate page on the ASQA website.
  • March 2014 the AHCSA RTO underwent an Australian Quality Skills Authority audit, in which it was highly successful. As a result, AHCSA’s RTO was issued a renewal of registration for an additional 5 years without any post audit rectifications. This is testament to the RTO’s robust systems and continuous improvement approach.
  • The RTO offers an accessible training service by facilitating Primary Health Care training to students from regional and remote South Australia, by providing assistance with travel and accommodation accessing funding from the Australian Government.
  • Certificate of commendation by the Minster for Emergency Services – In keeping with its industry partnering agenda, AHCSA ETT has established a unique partnership with the Burns Unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Minister Michael O’Brien (MP) honoured its efforts for the Burns and Fire Prevention in the ATSI population for ‘demonstrating innovation and best practice to community safety

AHCSA’s venue in the Adelaide city has modern classroom spaces that allow for variable learning needs and assessment methods. With a state-of-the-art Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) for the practice and assessment of primary health care and clinical skills, AHCSA educators are able to create realistic clinical settings which ensure authenticity when completing scenarios to increase clinical training capacity and efficiency.


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