joint banner 01From January 2017, the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) transitioned to the mental health portfolio of the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI). This completes a three year staged process that was announced in 2013 by the then Minister for Mental Health following a review of the NSWIOP. The Minister requested that a Transition Review Committee be established to oversee this transition, monitor the implementation of the Review’s recommendations and appointed the Mental Health Commissioner, Mr John Feneley, as its chair.

This transition has enabled two exciting major developments. Firstly HETI is launching higher education delivery in addition to its existing programs. Secondly, this has included a review and redesign of the current NSWIOP mental health higher education programs. The new courses are nested within two frameworks, Applied Mental Health Studies and Psychiatric Medicine. Students will benefit from flexible entry and exit points for contemporised Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level courses.

To enable this new direction HETI was formally accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) on 27 October 2016 and has been granted the maximum registration period of seven years. Two new courses were also accredited by TEQSA for delivery in 2017 with the maximum accreditation period of seven years. The courses will be nested within two frameworks, Applied Mental Health Studies and Psychiatric Medicine.

Underpinning the redesigned frameworks is a philosophy of recovery oriented practice, supporting the recovery journeys of people with mental illness through maximising hope, optimism, strength, resilience, self-determination, self-management and advocacy.

To learn more about our new courses and developments in mental health higher education, please visit our new HETI Higher Education website: If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email us:  Applications are now open for study in 2017 – refer to the website for details.