AAON Difference


Pathway to success

At the Australian Academy of Nursing [AAON], we believe that vocational education and training is about more than attaining a certificate or a diploma. It’s about a personal journey of transformation, empowerment and new career opportunities in the Australian Healthcare industry as a professional carer.

Since 2005, AAON has remained one of the few nationally-accredited tertiary institutions that have equipped and connected students to serve Australian communities at every level in the aged care, disabilities and mental health care sectors — many within our network.

Our professional connections with two hospital groups; IPHOA [Independent Private Hospitals of Australia] and Macquarie Health Corporation not only serve as a cornerstone for potential employment in the aged care, community and mental health sectors, but our meticulous focus on interdisciplinary Healthcare education and workplace experience also allows us to produce the most exceptional graduates who are clinically competent in evidence-based practices.

In the same way, our industry reputation and 100% student graduation success remains the reason why many employers come to us with their staffing requirements and graduates enjoy the best potential clinical facilitation.

To help you succeed beyond the classroom, we incorporate those very recruitment principles and educational values in our student selection process.

Adding further value to your education, we also limit the number of students for each intake so that you will receive full academic support to succeed — with each class taught by experienced practitioners and trainers from the healthcare industry.

AAON is an educational community committed to sharing values of cultural diversity and inclusion, and fostering academic excellence and integrity in every aspect of student life. More importantly, we are your pathway to a rewarding future as a professional community or residential carer.

our alumni

What sets AAON graduates apart are their exceptional competency levels, and ability to bring valuable knowledge, patient advocacy and disciplines to their work with a caring touch.


AAON’s academic and support staff draws on the framework, ethics and practises of Australian legislation to meet the highest standards of vocational teaching and training.

our director

Leading AAON with strategic direction, governance, industry-focused experience and vision is Dr Lionel Chang [MB BS FRACS], one of Australia’s noted plastic surgeons.

Faculty Members

AAON advocates the guiding legislation and respectful practices of positive education in an engaging and productive learning environment.

Each Diploma and Certificate course are taught by industry experts who impart an even greater insight into the various healthcare sectors — disciplines that enable students to capitalise on their strengths and graduate with knowledge and experience of exceptional standards.

In the same way, our faculty members also contribute immense value to the common goal of creating the next generation of professional carers who will provide quality and committed care in Australian communities.

 Our Selection Process

At AAON, we seek to improve the lives of many Australians, which is reflected by the way we select prospective students. 

Before accepting your application, our Admissions Team will identify the courses that are best suited to your skills and preferences. This direction not only allows us to equip you with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to deliver the best care in the future health and well-being of individuals and communities but also create an effective pathway for the integration of our graduates into the aged care and mental health sectors.

Please view the respective course outlines for further information.

Practical Workplace

There are several courses that involve structured workplace learning and practices; crucial yet beneficial elements to your professional development.

Not only will you gain valuable insight, knowledge and skills with relevant work-related experiences at a leading private hospital, you will also have an opportunity to create an evidence-based portfolio for your CV and cultivate a possible network with personnel who could assist you on your chosen career path.

As part of the AAON connection, many graduates go on to secure fulfilling positions within our hospital and community network.


Your Next Steps


AAON’s interdisciplinary courses create a pathway to new career opportunities in the aged-care and mental health sectors.


Find out about AAON’s terms and key study dates in the 2019 academic calendar including the noted public holidays.

how to apply

Your step-by-step guideline including AAON’s admission criteria and how to apply.  Begin your pathway to success.


Registration and Accreditation

Australian Academy of Nursing Pty Ltd [AAON] is a Registered Training Organisation [RTO Number:110069] and fully-accredited vocational education and training provider [CRICOS Provider Number 03400d].

AAON’s campus is located on Level 5, 20 Macquarie Street, Parramatta, just 35 minutes from Sydney’s CBD.

Since 2005, our Faculty has offered nationally-recognised courses that create pathways into the aged care and mental sectors of the Australian Healthcare Industry in accordance with the Australian Students Framework [AQF] and other governing legislation. 

They include (ESOS Act), Tuition Protection Services and the National Code of Practice For Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018. 

As an RTO, we offer multidisciplinary qualifications at the following levels; Certificate III in Individual Support,  Certificate IV in Aged Care,  Certificate IV in Mental Health and  Diploma of Community Services.

Our administrative and teaching faction operates as a single department under the executive management of AAON’s managing director, Dr Lionel Chang [MB BS FRACS].