The NSW Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative (APHTI) has been developed and is delivered through a partnership between the Population and Public Health Division
of the NSW Ministry of Health and health services in NSW. Through this partnership, NSW Health seeks to ensure both a culturally safe workplace and one that is supportive of learning. NSW Health is seeking to expand the number of workplaces that host trainees, where health services can express their interest in being involved in the NSW APHTI.
NSW health services
NSW health services comprising the local health districts
, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, and the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network deliver the APHTI in the workplace. The trainees are employed by a NSW health service for the duration of their training. The NSW health services develop trainee positions and manage recruitment and orientation. They also identify suitable workplaces to host a trainee and the public health practitioners who develop projects and provide supervision.
The NSW Ministry of Health
Within the Population and Public Health Division, the Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence
is responsible for developing and coordinating the NSW APHTI, including producing the resources that support delivery such as the competency framework
and learning contracts. The Centre is responsible for supporting the governance structures that have been established, such as the Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative Advisory Committee, and for evaluating
The Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee was formed in 2009 and has overseen all aspects of the development and delivery of the NSW APHTI. Its membership includes representatives of the population health services within the health services, the Population and Public Health Division, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
, the rural/remote health sector, other NSW Health training programs for Aboriginal people, graduates of these programs, and the academic sector.