The Transition Committee that is monitoring the NSW Institute of Psychiatry’s (NSWIOP) transition to the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), held its fourth and final meeting for 2015 on 10 November.  This meeting had an initial focus on the proposed governance processes that are being developed to support the higher education accreditation events that will be held in 2016.

The NSWIOP reported they recently hosted a visit from the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) case manager who is supporting the HETI and NSWIOP’s application processes. This visit was very positive and provided clear directions on how the future HETI management of higher education needs to commence immediately whilst the current NSWIOP processes continue.

In order to support these developments, HETI is establishing HETI governance meetings that will run in parallel to those from the NSWIOP.  These meeting will be for both the Higher Education Academic Boards and for the Governing Council Meetings.  The NSWIOP Academic Board complementary committee will be the Health Education and Training Institute Higher Education Academic Board and the comparable committee for the NSWIOP Member’s Meeting will be the Health Education and Training Institute Higher Education Governing Council. 

Continuing its focus on governance, the Committee reviewed the recently released NSWIOP documents that are posted on its website on http://www.nswiop.nsw.edu.au/:

  • NSWIOP 2014-15 Annual Report
  • NSWIOP 2015-2017 Strategic Plan

The Committee was pleased to be advised that another milestone has been achieved with the transition of all NSWIOP education staff to HETI. This completes the staff transition that was commenced in early 2014. Work is continuing to ensure all aspects of the transition are monitored and actioned appropriately.

John Feneley congratulated Rhonda Loftus on the many achievements to date and for leading her staff through the transition in a positive manner. This foreshadows the prospects of the team’s ongoing contributions to the mental health sector when the NSWIOP is fully transitioned to HETI.