Upskilling our mental health workforce to support patients across NSW

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One in five Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime (1). In NSW, 17.3 per cent of adults (aged over 16) self-reported experiencing high or very high psychological distress in 2017 (2).

Providing support and care to people experiencing psychological distress is the job of the over 900 psychiatrists and more than 6,000 other mental health professionals across NSW.

At HETI, our job is to support this workforce, providing training opportunities for psychiatrists and mental health practitioners to develop and expand their skills and expertise.

Investing in our mental health workforce delivers long-terms benefits to the NSW health sector.

By upskilling practitioners, we are building the capability of Local Health Districts, Specialty Networks and other parts of the mental health sector, helping to deliver better patient outcomes across the NSW.

A unique research and training opportunity

Building on the long tradition of the NSW Institute of Psychiatry Fellowships (NSWIOP), HETI has announced the 2019 program as the HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health.

The HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health provide a rare opportunity for psychiatry and mental health practitioners to shape their careers through fully-funded specialist training or research in an area otherwise not possible without the provision of the Awards.

As many across the mental health sector will know, last year the NSWIOP became part of HETI’s Mental Health Portfolio.

As the largest provider of healthcare education in NSW, HETI’s establishment of a Mental Health Portfolio ensures they can continue to offer a holistic approach to health education and training.

This all-inclusive approach to healthcare education has enabled better use of technology, enhanced subject matter expertise and more innovative, contemporary teaching methodologies to deliver training and education to psychiatry and mental health practitioners.

"As the former Director of Psychiatry and Mental Health Programs at the NSWIOP and now the Director of Psychiatry and Mental Programs at HETI, I am excited about the announcement of the program as the HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health." Dr Roderick McKay, Director, Psychiatry and Mental Health Programs, HETI.

"The Fellowships have a long, distinguished history of excellence. I am confident that we can build on this legacy, offering mental health practitioners and their employers enhanced opportunities to develop as tomorrow’s leading mental health professionals."

What do the Awards involve?

HETI is providing important financial support to employers. The HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health are fully funded for up to one year and can be completed on a full time or part-time basis.  Salary and on-costs such as superannuation, leave and allowances will be covered by HETI to the employers of Award recipients.

The HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health are streamlined into two categories to better reflect sector, state and community mental health priorities.

The Psychiatry Special Training Award offers psychiatry registrars the opportunity to take up specialist training in an area they would otherwise not receive training in. For applicants seeking to specialise in child and adolescent experiences, a weighting is applied within the Special Training category.

The Mental Health Research Award is open to all mental health practitioners who wish to develop their research skills and provides dedicated time to conduct a research project.

Get involved

If you are a psychiatry registrar or mental health practitioner in NSW looking to expand your skills or take your career to the next level, we want you to apply.

Equally, if you’re an employer with staff that might be suitable for the Awards, please encourage them to apply.

Applications to the 2019 HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health program close on Monday 20 August 2018.

Find out more information on the HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health, including the application process and criteria.

(1) Black Dog Institute, 2017, Facts & figures about mental health, viewed 20 June 2018 <>

(2) NSW Health Stats, 2017, High or very high psychological distress in adults, viewed 20th June 2018,  <[_]%20bod_dementhos>