Aboriginal health training posts are GP training positions undertaken in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). ACCHSs are Aboriginal organisations that provide primary health care and related services to their local Aboriginal community.
It is important to emphasise that they are community controlled organisations, overseen by a locally elected board of directors.
They deliver holistic and culturally appropriate health care using a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure the best possible outcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Aboriginal health means not just the physical well-being of an individual but the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole community.
ACCHSs vary in size and the services they offer. Services include primary health care delivered by GPs working with Aboriginal health professionals with an emphasis on holistic and preventive care, delivered in a culturally safe environment.
The services form a network, but each is autonomous and independent both of one another and of government. The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national peak body for Aboriginal health.