Health Training Australia (Inc) (HTA) is a not for profit organisation established in 1997 as a division of the Australian Medical Association (WA) group of companies. It is part of a national network of over 180 Group Training Organisations around Australia which now employs almost 40 000 apprentices and trainees.
With some similarities to a labour hire arrangment, HTA takes on the role of the employer of trainees undertaking entry level training in aged care, home care, disability services, health support services and business. Trainees are employed by HTA and placed with a ‘host employer’ where they work and gain skills both on and off the job under the mentorship and support of HTA. On conclusion of the traineeship the host employer has the option to take on the trainee as their own employee. HTA offers a low risk alternative to recruitment and training of new staff.
In 2000, HTA became a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally accredited training for:
- Aged care workers
- Home and community carers
- Disability services workers
- Health support workers in hospitals and aged care facilities
High quality training courses are offered on a fee for service basis or under a Traineeship arrangement. Courses have been developed to meet the needs of industry and are delivered by trainers with industry background and experience. HTA is one of two Registered Training Organisations recommended as a preferred provider by the Aged and Community Services WA association to its members.