The Transition Oversight Committee monitoring the NSW Institute of Psychiatry’s (NSWIOP) transition to the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) held its first meeting for 2015 on 10 February. John Feneley welcomed Acting HETI CE Ms Susan Pearce to her first Transition Oversight Committee meeting and also thanked the recently retired HETI CE, Heather Gray, for her outstanding contribution in supporting the transition of the NSWIOP to HETI.

Continuing its focus on governance, the Committee was advised that the significant NSWIOP governance processes that were under discussion at the end of 2014 have all been finalised and are now in operation. These include:

  • NSWIOP Members’ Charter – this Charter will guide the role of NSWIOP Members during the transition;
  • NSWIOP Delegations Manual – The manual establishes the levels of authority delegated to duly appointed office holders and staff of the NSWIOP for the operational management of the organisation. This works in conjunction with the Service Level Agreement that was developed in 2014 with HETI for the corporate, finance, marketing and administrative activities provided by HETI staff on behalf of the NSWIOP;
  • Agreed terms of reference for the Audit and Risk Committee that will oversight the management of financial and other risks for the organisation.

Regarding the transfer of the higher education provider status, the Committee was pleased to be advised that the Ministry of Health has approved for NSWIOP to commence planning and negotiation with TEQSA towards an agreed approach to support the transition of the NSWIOP’s Higher Education Provider (HEP) to HETI.

The crucial issue of HEP transfer is one of the key actions arising from the recommendations from the 2013 Mental Health Commission Review of the NSWIOP. The implementation of this and other recommendations will be monitored and supported during the coming year.

The Committee will meet again on 12 May 2015.