2019 Annual Report

Chief Executive's Year in Review

Life-long learning, quality and access, and people and systems were the three areas of focus for the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) during 2018-19. This year, HETI released its 2020 Strategic Plan, which seeks to bring these focus areas to life through the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based education and training to the NSW Health workforce.

Innovation and technology remained at the centre of HETI’s work with 378 new digital resources added to My Health Learning. These included interactive videos, gamification, podcasts and the new cinematic-style video Promoting Inclusive Healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people, which was awarded a Gold LearnX Impact award, recognising innovative workforce learning.

HETI continued to contribute to the health outcomes of Aboriginal people through the Aboriginal Trainee Doctors Forum, Aboriginal Medical Workforce Recruitment Pathway and the Jumbunna webcast series. The year also featured the:

  • launch of Health for Older Aboriginal People, developed with Aboriginal healthcare workers, elders and consumers inaugural Aboriginal Allied Health Forum, which attracted 36 Aboriginal allied health professionals from nine local health districts
  • First Connections Forum, attended by more than 100 NSW Health staff who work with Aboriginal mothers, families and communities. The virtual format enabled staff statewide to connect and share ideas, knowledge and experiences.

Regional and rural NSW received 32 new trainees embarking on careers in rural general practice with advanced skills through HETI’s Rural Generalist Medical Training program; and 1026 first-year doctors were placed into 64 hospitals across the state.

Junior Medical Officer education and wellbeing underpinned HETI’s Prevocational Conference attended by nearly 200 staff, shared ideas and innovations, and strengthened networks. This year marked 30 years since the original Postgraduate Medical Council in NSW was formed, the first of its kind in Australia.

Recognising the importance of leadership and interprofessional collaboration to excellence in patient care, HETI provided leadership and management training to 7515 staff and delivered Inter-Professional Family Conferencing training to 266 staff.

HETI launched the NSW Health Finance Executive Development program, to build the leadership and strategic skills required to support a complex healthcare environment. Support for further studies also expanded with the NSW Health Registered Training Organisation becoming an accredited VET Student Loan Provider, and HETI Higher Education now offering FEE-HELP.

This snapshot of achievements highlights another successful year for HETI in promoting and supporting a connected learning community with NSW Health. We thank our staff for their passion and commitment to furthering training and education opportunities for health system staff.

405 first-year doctors employed in rural hospitals and regional networks

Key achievements 2018-19

  • Delivered 378 new digital education resources.
  • Awarded the Gold LearnX Impact award for promoting inclusive healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people in the Best People and Culture Strategy - Diversity/Inclusion category.
  • Coordinated employment of 1026 first-year doctors in 64 NSW hospitals.
  • Supported commencement of 32 doctors in the Rural Generalist Training Program.
  • Delivered Gatekeeper (a suicide prevention program) to 815 participants face-to-face across NSW. A further 1088 staff have completed the online Gatekeeper training.
  • Launched the Finance Executive Development program pilot.
  • Trained 7515 NSW Health staff within HETI’s Leadership and Management programs.
  • Delivered Inter-Professional Family Conferencing program to 266 staff face-to-face across 15 local health districts and specialty health networks.
  • Achieved vocational education and training student loan provider accreditation as a NSW Health Registered Training Organisation, granting access to Centrelink benefits to Diploma of Nursing students. Health Education and Training Institute Higher Education is now a Higher Education FEE-HELP loan provider.
  • Distributed 152 Allied Health Workplace Learning Grants to allied health teams across 18 local health
    districts and specialty health networks.