2020 Annual Report

Year in review

Lifelong learning, quality and access, and people and systems were three areas of focus for the Health Education and Training Institute over the past 12 months. Part of our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, these focus areas were brought to life through the delivery of high quality, evidence-based education and training to the NSW Health workforce and to the Institute’s higher education students.

This year the Institute placed 1029 first-year doctors – the largest number of interns to commence in NSW public hospitals to date. This included 145 interns based at rural hospitals across the state.

We also developed and implemented a new Emergency Medicine Pathway for the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program to support the training of more doctors in advanced emergency skills in rural NSW.

The Institute remained at the forefront of innovation in education and training; lifting leadership and educational capabilities across
the workforce. The Institute’s Senior Executive Development Program was recognised with a 2019 International Brandon Hall Group Excellence Gold Award for Best Unique and Innovative Leadership Development Program.

Our e-learning team continued to leverage the use of emerging technologies to design and launch more than 80 new My Health Learning resources, including the contemporary Fetal Safety stream within the new Perinatal Safety Education pathway, in partnership with the Clinical Excellence Commission.

We commenced an intensive work program to design the new practice-focused Mental Health Pathways in Practice, set to be launched in October 2020. The program is being developed in close partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Office and a community of practice combining 18 local health districts and specialty health networks, and consumer and carer representatives.

To support the COVID-19 health response, the Institute developed Support During COVID-19 — a selection of resources with a focus on wellbeing, leadership and virtual environments. The Institute also partnered with the Centre for Population Health to design, develop and deliver just-in-time virtual classroom training for the new close contact calls teams, and worked together with the Clinical Excellence Commission to make available the Personal protective equipment for combined transmission-based precautions online learning module to all NSW Health staff.

This snapshot of achievements highlights another successful year for the Institute in promoting and supporting a connected and responsive learning community across NSW Health and we thank all our staff for their dedication and commitment to learning, training and development.

Key achievements

  • Graduated 22 participants from 16 NSW Health organisations with a Diploma of Leadership and Management as part of the two-year NSW Health Next Generation of Leaders and Managers program.
  • Provided a series of website resources titled Support During COVID-19 focusing on wellbeing, leadership and virtual environments through the HETI Rapid Response Team.
  • Delivered the largest cohort of participants in the NSW Health Leadership Program, with 220 people taking part; 50 per cent from rural local health districts.
  • Commenced a record number (1029) of medical graduates in careers at NSW Health.