It is with pleasure that NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) would like to advise of the launch the new Understanding the Mental Health Act 2007 Website, that contains the updated Mental Health Act Guide Book and associated resources.

Following the review of the Mental Health Act 2007, the Mental Health Amendment (Statutory Review) Act 2014 was passed by Parliament in 2014. These changes came into effect on 30 August 2015.

NSWIOP was contracted by the Mental Health Branch, Ministry of Health, to provide a full program of education and training resources on the Act and the 2015 amendments.

The “Understanding the Mental Health Act” website contains a range of user-friendly resources, including the following:

  • Mental Health Act 2007 Guide Book (2016 edition)
  • Fact Sheets covering the 2015 amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007
  • Frequently Asked Questions for NSW Health staff
  • Useful links and information relating to the Mental Health Act

The “Understanding the Mental Health Act” website can be accessed at the following link:

This website and associated resources are available to all staff across the health system as well as to our service partners.

It is expected from January 2017 the website will provide links to new online training modules that will cover the main changes to the Mental Health Act.

If further information is needed please contact Paul Van Hauen, or phone (02) 9840 3833.


Students have been notified (via email) of changes to ethics applications through the NSWIOP Ethics Committee. These committees are usually referred to as Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC). In summary these changes are follows:

  • As of 1 October 2016, the NSWIOP will formally close the NSWIOP Ethics Committee with the National Health and Medical Research Council.
  • From that time, should any of our students require HREC approval that is not under the auspice of a locality or domain HREC, HETI/NSWIOP has negotiated a service contract with a HREC for our students' use.
  • From October 2016, the only obligation for NSWIOP students with HREC approvals for their research is for them to advise us of the details of their HREC approvals.

If you require any additional information please contact Ms Erica Khattar on 9840 3833 or

The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) is inviting expressions of interest from people interested in sitting on the ACI Consumer Council (

The ACI works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW.  The ACI Consumer Council provides expert advice to the ACI and its Board on consumer engagement strategies and represents consumer members of ACI Networks, Taskforces and Institutes.

The ACI is keen to appoint new members to the Consumer Council that can represent the diverse interests of the NSW community.

Membership involves attending up to five 2-hour meetings per year at the ACI office in Chatswood, NSW, for a term of 2 years with the opportunity to nominate for reappointment for a further 12 months.  The positions are unpaid but the ACI will organise any travel and reimburse any costs associated with attending meetings and participating on the Council.

There are currently 3 vacancies available.  If you are interested in joining the ACI Consumer Council, please review the attached Fact Sheet and Terms of Reference and complete the Application Form by 15th September 2016.

Successful applicants will be appointed by Wednesday 26th October and will be invited to attend their first ACI Consumer Council meeting on Wednesday 9th November.

ACI Consumer Council Fact Sheet (PDF)

ACI Consumer Council – Member Application Form (PDF)

ACI Consumer Council – Terms of Reference (PDF)

For more information about the Consumer Council, please contact the ACI Patient Experience and Consumer Engagement (PEACE) team:

Sarah Barter
Acting Manager, Patient Experience and Consumer Engagement
Phone: 9464 4666

strat-planThe New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) has  released its Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2017.

The plan builds on the strength of NSWIOP’s proud history in training and education, and responds to its current context which includes: policy directions for mental health reform; renewal of  mental health programs in higher education to support sector  capacity development; and greater integration of mental health into the broader health education and training. All of these issues will be supported by the transition  of the NSWIOP to the Health Education and Training Institute in late 2016.

Download the NSWIOP Strategic Plan 2015 – 2017 (PDF)