The Transition Committee that is monitoring the NSW Institute of Psychiatry’s (NSWIOP) transition to the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), held its first meeting for 2016 on 9 February.

Subsequent to the meeting, the combined NSWIOP/HETI team submitted their entity and course applications to the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) in early March. This included the application for registration of HETI as a higher education provider and also for accreditation of the two redesigned frameworks, one in Applied Mental Health Studies and the other in Psychiatric Medicine.

TEQSA advised on the 7 April of their acceptance of the registration application as well as the course applications for:

  • Master of Psychiatric Medicine
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychiatric Medicine
  • Graduate Certificate of Psychiatric Medicine
  • Master of Applied Mental Health Studies
  • Graduate Diploma Applied Mental Health Studies
  • Graduate Certificate Applied Mental Health Studies

TEQSA will now commence the substantive assessment phase and will liaise with HETI and the NSWIOP up until December 2016 by which time a determination is expected. The finalisation of TEQSA review will progress while the last stage of the transition of the NSWIOP to HETI is worked through. Late in 2016 or early 2017 it is expected the NSWIOP Act will be repealed.

The NSWIOP will in the second half of 2016 promote the redesigned courses that have been designed with worker capability and the sector reform as an underpinning features. This contemporary education is grounded in recovery and will be another enabler to mental health reform.