The Aboriginal Health College has four strategic objectives. They are:
- Increase the number of Aboriginal health professionals who possess qualifications relevant to the needs of clients serviced by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and by the NSW Health Department. These qualifications will span entry level qualifications through to university degrees and diplomas, for Aboriginal Health Workers, Nurses, and allied health professions.
- Develop the professional skills of Managers, Supervisors, and Finance Administrators working within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. These employees have to respond to the new and emerging requirements relating to business management, information management, accountability, planning, and external linkages and coordination.
- Strengthen the governance capabilities of elected Aboriginal Community Controlled Boards/Governing Committees. There are tangible pressures on elected Aboriginal community members to respond to legislative, regulatory and contractual obligations; to provide strategic leadership to their organisations; and to articulate community needs and expectations.
- Provide professional development opportunities to non-Aboriginal health professionals working with Aboriginal clients, families and communities. The principal occupational categories are General Practitioners, Nurses, and allied health professionals.
The Aboriginal Health College is the result of a long term vision of the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of New South Wales to establish and maintain an Aboriginal community controlled educational institution to provide culturally appropriate accredited education courses in Aboriginal health.
In pursuit of this vision the AH&MRC Board endorsed the establishment of the College in 2002 and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status was achieved in 2004.
Since then the Aboriginal Health College has successfully delivered accredited educational programs.