Information for Trainees

This webpage provides important information for Psychiatry trainees to explain various aspects of the training process and the program. Suggested changes or additions to this page should be directed to the Psychiatry Team at

The Role of HETI in the Psychiatry Trainees’ Education and Training Pathway

The Health Education and Training Institute provides support to networks, manages reporting to the Ministry of Health, facilitates innovation, provides advice, and collaborates with the College, networks, and State-wide committees to ensure the best training experience for trainees.

The psychiatry training program is supported by the Psychiatry State Training Council (PSTC); trainees are involved, at a NSW State-level, in this Council to represent the trainee viewpoint and facilitate communication back to the networks.

Further detail can be found in the Psychiatry Trainee Information Pamphlet.

Additional information about Psychiatry Training is also available in the Psychiatry Trainee Handbook.

Trainee Network Contacts

All trainees should be aware of the following people who work for them and support their training:

  • Trainee Supervisor
  • Site Coordinator of Training
  • Education Support Officer
  • Network Director of Training
  • Network Governance Committee

What do the NSW Psychiatry Trainee Representatives do for HETI?

The trainee representatives are members of the Psychiatry State Training Council (PSTC).  They provide an important liaison between the PSTC, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and basic and advanced training networks/programs. Trainee representatives ensure fair and equitable representation of trainees on the Psychiatry State Training Council, and facilitate transparency and communication from the trainees to the PSTC, and from the PSTC back to the trainees.

Trainee representatives are nominated by their training network.  If you are interested in representing your training network please contact your Education Support Officer.

Network Governance Committee (NGC) Trainee Representative

Network Governance Committees (NGC) have been set up in each of the five psychiatry training networks. Their focus is to facilitate “transparent and equitable network-level governance and management of psychiatry training” and they provide a form of accountability for the delivery of psychiatry training within each network. Each NGC should have trainee representatives sitting on the committee. The role of the trainee representative is to provide trainees’ feedback on issues discussed at meetings, and to bring any matters of concern regarding training to the attention of the committee members.