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The history of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia is rich with activism, fuelled by trail blazers in the sector.

As part of AHCSA’s history project, interviews were filmed with a dozen very experienced workers in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health. The objective was to capture a snapshot of the history of this hard-won health sector born out of community commitment and social activism over the past five decades.

In capturing the stories of trailblazers, many unique insights were gained, memorable stories told, and wise recommendations for continued development in this sector and the interview footage has been broken into three themes –Trailblazers, Struggles and Achievements, and Suggestions.


Those who fought for the establishment of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health services in the 1970s and 80s give insight into their experience

Struggles & Achievements

Gaining control of health services from the SA government required Aboriginal health trailblazers to fight many battles and resiliently navigate setback after setback through the 1970s and 1980s. Many of these hard-won achievements continue to this day.

Seventeen Suggestions

Aboriginal Community Control spokespeople pull from their extensive experience and knowledge to make recommendations for ongoing work in the sector.

AHCSA Trailer

A sample of stories about Aboriginal Community Controlled Health in South Australia.