Psychiatry Networks and Governance

What is a Training Network?

A training network is a group of hospitals linked for the purposes of providing training and delivering medical services across the group. The primary purpose of networks is to optimise the quality of training available at each site and to ensure equitable distribution of trainees across the network. Trainees will work in both the city and regional hospitals during their training.

Doctors registered in the Psychiatry Networked Training Program complete a minimum of 3 years of Basic Training then a further 2 years of Advanced Training in either General or Sub-Specialty programs. The RANZCP site can tell you more or visit our Basic and Advanced Training page.

Psychiatry Training Networks in NSW

There are 5 networks for Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Generalist Training each managed by a Network Governance Committee (NGC). There is a Network Director of Training (NDOT) appointed to manage each network in consultation with the NGC. Training networks include metropolitan and rural sites all accredited for training by the RANZCP. For additional information, please refer to the Basic and Advanced Generalist page.

  1. Hunter New England Training Network (HNET)
  2. North Sydney Central Coast Network (NSCC)
  3. Sydney West Greater Southern Network (SWaGS)
  4. South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Training Network (SESI)
  5. Sydney South West North Coast (SSWNC)

There is a State Director of Advanced Training (DoAT) appointed to each of the seven State-wide Subspecialist Certificate Training areas listed below. For additional information, please refer to the Sub-Specialist Certificate Training page.

  • Psychotherapy
  • Forensic
  • Adult & Generalist
  • Old Age
  • Addiction
  • Consultation-Liaison
  • Child & Adolescent

Hunter New England Training

Network Director of Training

Dr Harsimrat Sandhu

Education Support Officer

Philippa Ditton-Phare
PO Box 833
NEWCASTLE  NSW  2300 P: 02 4033 5157
F: 02 4033 5183


Newcastle Mental Health Services, Lake Macquarie Mental Health Services, Hunter Valley Mental Health Services, Psychiatry of Old Age Service, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Neuropsychiatry Services, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (including Forensic), Psychotherapy, Peel Mental Health Services (Tamworth), Tablelands Mental Health Services (Armidale), Manning Mental Health Services (Taree), HNET Education

Northern Sydney Central Coast

Network Director of Training

Dr Stephen Jurd

Education Support Officer

Suzanne Nehma
PO Box 169
NORTH RYDE  NSW  1670 P: 02 9877 5936
F: 02 9887 5985

SitesBloomfield Hospital (Orange), Broken Hill Hospital, Coral Tree Family Services, Dubbo Hospital, Dudley Private Hospital, Gosford Hospital and Community Services, Greenwich Hospital, Hornsby & Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Justice Health, Macquarie Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital, Northside Clinic, Outreach Support for Children & Adolescents, Royal North Shore Hospital, Ryde Community Health Centre, Wyong Hospital & Community Health Centres

Sydney West and Greater Southern

Network Director of Training

Dr Anuradha Kataria

Education Support Officer

Richa Gupta
Locked Bag 7118
P: 02 8838 6496
F: 02 8838 2187

SitesAboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney, Albury Hospital, Blacktown Hospital, Blacktown & Mt Druitt Community Health Services, Blue Mountains Hospital, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Cumberland Hospital, Goulburn Hospital, Leeton Medical Centre, Lithgow Hospital, Nepean Hospital, Nepean Child & Youth Community Mental Health, St Joseph's Hospital, Wagga Hospital, Westmead Hospital

South Eastern Sydney Illawarra

Network Director of Training

Dr Andrew Pethebridge

Education Support Officer

Carmen Wallace
Area Mental Health
St George Hospital
Level 2, 11 Short Street
P: 02 9113 1527 (Mon & Thur)


Byron Bay Hospital, Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network, Lismore Base Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shellharbour Hospital, Shoalhaven Hospital, St George Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital, Sutherland Hospital, Sydney Children's Hospital, The Tweed Hospital, Wesley Private Hospital Kogarah, Wesley Private Hospital Ashfield, Wollongong Hospital

Sydney South West North Coast

Network Director of Training

Dr Bruce Boman

Education Support Officer

Leanne McKechnie
Locked Mail Bag 7103
LIVERPOOL BC  NSW  1871 P: 02 9616 4272
F: 02 9602 4156

SitesBankstown Hospital, Braeside Hospital, Bowral Hospital, Brain & Mind Centre (Camperdown), Campbelltown Hospital, Camperdown CHC, Canterbury CHC, Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, Concord Centre for Mental Health, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Croydon CHC, Kempsey Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Marrickville CHC, Rivendell & Walker Child & Adolescent Units, Redfern CHC, Professor Marie Bashir Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Port Macquarie Hospital, St John of God Private Hospital (Burwood)

Psychiatry State Training Council (PSTC)

The HETI Psychiatry State Training Council (PSTC) has been established to promote high quality psychiatry training by ensuring the effective functioning of the Network Governance Committees (NGC) across NSW.

The PSTC provides an opportunity for all groups important to psychiatry training to be involved in the decision making processes relevant to the delivery of psychiatry training in NSW. Issues can be referred to the PSTC by members of the committee, by Network Directors of Training, by NGCs, by State Directors of Subspecialty Advanced Training, and by trainees (via the trainee representative in each training network).

Please refer to the PSTC Terms of Reference for additional information.

Submissions for the PSTC agenda must be sent to before the due date for consideration by the PSTC Chair.

PSTC Meeting Date Agenda Item Submissions Due:
Thursday 12 March 2020 Thursday 27 February 2020
Thursday 11 June 2020 Thursday 28 May 2020
Thursday 10 September 2020 Thursday 27 August 2020
Thursday 3 December 2020 Thursday 19 November 2020

Principles and Governance Documentation

The PSTC utilises the '2011 Principles for the Delivery of Psychiatry Training in NSW' as a guide for decision making. The Principles are supported by the accompanying Governance Structures and Processes documentation available at the same link.

PSTC Priority Areas

2013-15 PSTC Mental Health Strategic Plan is available.

An updated three year plan for the Psychiatry State Training Council will be available soon.

Network Governance Committees (NGC)

Each of the five Basic and Generalist Advanced Training networks has a Network Governance Committee (NGC) which is responsible for the delivery of psychiatry training within its network. Its role is to ensure trainees receive high quality teaching and supervision across the network with coordinated allocation to terms within the network. The NGC is also responsible for ensuring equitable distribution of trainees across the network. The NGCs work closely with the PSTC and the RANZCP NSW Branch Training Committee to provide the best training opportunities. NGCs report to the PSTC and the HETI on workforce and training issues.

Membership of the NGC includes Network Director of Training, Site Coordinators of Training, representatives from hospital administration and trainees. Meetings are held regularly during term. For additional information on specific NGC meetings, please contact the relevant network based Education Support Officer.