“Receiving this award is great recognition of what can be achieved through the combination of a Workforce Engagement and Development Plan, a dedicated Leadership team and an Aboriginal Staff Advisory Committee.
With a workforce of 399 staff and over 50% Aboriginal employment, training is critical to achieving Congress’ strategic objectives through building a skilled workforce that has appropriate clinical and non-clinical skills to deliver culturally‑safe and responsive health care to Aboriginal people .
Accredited and non-accredited training remains a commitment across our entire workforce, establishing an Aboriginal workforce is critical to closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal people and Congress strategic plan. “
Chief Executive Officer, Donna Ah Chee. ( See NACCHO TV Interview HERE )
Photo above : Tracey Donnellan Brand : General Manager Health Services Division CACC accepting the award in Darwin
Congress is thrilled to be named 2017 Large Employer of the Year at the NT Training Awards.
The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises organisations with a workforce of 200+ employees that has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to its employees.
Congress has a proud 43 year history of providing comprehensive Aboriginal community controlled health care to over 15,000 Aboriginal people in Alice Springs and across six remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia.
For more info about CAAC download cphc-congress-final-report
The Congress Workforce Engagement and Development Plan was precipitated by the Congress Board of Directors establishing a benchmark of 60% Aboriginal employment. The Plan builds on a number of innovative strategies to support Aboriginal people to gain employment and qualifications and to build on our existing workforce including:
- A cadetship program that supports Aboriginal people to attain undergraduate tertiary qualifications in a health, early childhood or commerce field.
- A traineeship program employing trainees across a number of health, early childhood and administrative positions, providing on the job and accredited Certificate IV training and career in Congress.
- An Aboriginal Health Practitioner (AHP) focused traineeship program with 13 AHP trainees progressing towards Certificate IV in Aboriginal Primary Health Care with a pathway to an AHP career in Congress.
- A Diploma of Leadership and Management program focused on supporting Aboriginal staff into management positions.
- Provision of nationally accredited mentoring set skill set for Managers and mentors.
- 63 staff currently actively engaged in training from Certificate III to post graduate qualifications, with the predominate focus on investing in our Aboriginal workforce.
- Strategic focus on Professional Development, training and study across our entire workforce with generous paid leave available to staff.
Accredited and non-accredited training remains a commitment across our entire workforce, establishing an Aboriginal workforce is critical to closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal people and Congress strategic plan” said Chief Executive Officer, Donna Ah Chee.
Congress acknowledges our training partners, Central Australian Remote Health Development Service and Batchelor Institute.
Congress delivers comprehensive health care across 13 Health Services in Alice Springs and six remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia
Part 2 Congress Education & Training Service
What do we do?
Our Education and Training Service provides a range of education and training opportunities to Aboriginal people interested in pursuing a rewarding and meaningful career in Aboriginal health.
- HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
Congress traineeships are offered to Aboriginal school leavers seeking work experience and/or Aboriginal people looking to return to work and or a career change, who are interested in building career in the field of Aboriginal health or related administrative and corporate service.
Congress traineeships provide full-time employment for 12-18 months (role dependant) leading to a nationally accredited qualification (Certificate III or IV) on completion.
Congress offers cadetships to Aboriginal people who are undertaking full-time study at university in a health, social services or business administrative field and who are seeking on the job training in their field.
Cadetships are offered on a fixed-term basis for the duration of the university course length.
- full-time study on campus;
- 12 weeks full-time per year paid Congress placement;
- mentoring and coaching with Congress professional;
- allowance for text books/equipment;
- weekly allowance paid for study periods; and
- allowance for accommodation and travel costs.
Course fees and HELP fees are the responsibility of the cadet.
Congress works in partnership with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) to provide accredited training to Congress students and trainees, specifically the HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice course.
The training component is delivered by BITE through its workshop program based at the Desert Peoples Centre (DPC) in Alice Springs.
Congress supports this training through students undertaking clinical practice within their own services. Congress will also accept other BIITE students on clinical placement and will share with BIITE resources to provide access to the Communicare system.
For more information regarding the HLT40213 Certificate IV visit the BIITE website here.
How to apply:
For more information on available positions, eligibility and how to apply visit the Jobs page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(08) 8959 4771
Traineeships and Cadetships – Training & Development Coordinator
(08) 8959 4771