CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S YEAR IN REVIEW
Collaboration and partnership again marked the work of the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) in 2015-16 towards expanding the education and training options available to NSW Health staff.
Working with Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks (LHD/SHNs) to identify their education and training needs and support development, HETI delivered a further 52 education and training resources in 2015-16. These new resources became available state-wide to all NSW Health staff via the learning management system HETI Online.
HETI continued to deliver the NSW Health Leadership Program in partnership with NSW Health organisations. The program commenced in a further six hospitals in 2015-16.
On behalf of NSW Health, HETI pursued registration as a Higher Education Provider and accreditation of new courses in Psychiatric Medicine and Applied Mental Health Studies with the national regulator the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This work formed part of the transition of the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) into HETI which was ongoing in 2015-16. The transition will enable an enhanced integration of mental health into the range of education and training available. It will also increase the capacity to expand education and training options and pathways for NSW Health staff and build on what is available through the NSW Health Registered Training Organisation.
HETI's major achievements during the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 included the following:
- In January 2016, a record allocation of 983 junior doctors commenced in NSW hospitals, including 112 doctors recruited directly to rural hospitals, and 19 doctors recruited through the Aboriginal medical workforce pathway.
- The Rural Generalist Nursing Program was launched in 2015-16, providing five innovative learning pathways to support comprehensive assessment, palliative, aged and paediatric care, and mental health.
- In 2016, five new posts for the NSW Rural Generalist (Medical) Training Program were funded, bringing a total of 40 training places in rural NSW. New mental health and palliative care pathways were introduced in the program to expand advanced skill training options.
- A total of 668 NSW Health staff commenced the Financial Management Essentials program during 2015-16.
- More than 500 allied health professionals completed training in lymphoedema care, through a new eLearning course.
- A total of 2.3 million mandatory training courses were completed through HETI Online.
- The Foundations eLearning modules support improved interprofessional teamwork. Ten of the modules were redeveloped during 2015-16 to better reflect learner needs.
Audited financial statements for the Health Education and Training Institute for the 2015-16 financial year can be accessed via the NSW Health website.