In 2017, HETI embarked on an exciting future with the introduction of HETI Higher Education and began delivering postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters level courses in Psychiatric Medicine and Applied Mental Health Studies. A range of registrations and accreditations enable HETI to operate as a Higher Education provider.
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
In March 2016, HETI submitted a formal application to the national regulator for higher education, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
HETI was awarded the status of a higher education provider by TEQSA on 27 October 2016 and has been granted the maximum registration period of seven years. Two new courses in Applied Mental Health Studies and Psychiatric Medicine were accredited by TEQSA for the maximum registration period of seven years. In doing so, we became the first public health entity to be registered with TEQSA within Australia.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
HETI Higher Education uses the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) that establishes the quality of Australian qualifications. The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. It incorporates the quality assured qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses are set at AQF level 8, with Masters set at AQF level 9. Further information on the AQF levels can be accessed at the Australian Qualifications Framework website: https://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf-levels.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
The Psychiatric Medicine program provided by HETI is accredited with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). The RANZCP is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.
The Master of Psychiatric Medicine program has been designed to meet the criteria as a Formal Education Course (FEC) of the RANZCP. Participation in an FEC is mandatory for doctors in their first 2 stages of training towards Fellowship with the RANZCP.
While face to face attendance is preferred, no restriction has been placed on mode of study.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Similarly courses previously offered by the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) in General Practice have been registered and accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development Program.
The new Psychiatric Medicine program for General Practitioners has been developed for practicing General Practitioners (GP) and GP Registrars through examination of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) training requirements and competencies and communication with the RACGP.
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
The Psychiatric Medicine program for Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists has been developed with consideration of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Mental Health Advanced Skills Training Curriculum Edition 2.