Case Studies and Profiles
Louise’s story: gaining the confidence to lead
“The fact that I could study online at HETI was hugely appealing for me, particularly as I was working full time. And the online experience was fantastic. I would rush home after work to find out what people thought of the latest subject or discussion. I really enjoyed the exchange of ideas with other students and the flexibility.”
After graduating with a Master of Applied Mental Health Studies from HETI, Louise secured a senior position in the family law court and was asked to contribute her psychiatry expertise at a leadership level. She explains how HETI gave her confidence to take the next step in her career.
New learning program sees guardianship matters fast tracked
“In the 6-month pilot of the guardianship education program, the number of days between lodging an application [with the tribunal] to date of discharge [for a patient] dropped from an average of 83 to just 27. The education program has helped people understand the new guardianship guidelines and get the process right."
Formal training developed by HETI is up-skilling health staff in new guardianship application guidelines, resulting in significant benefits to facilities and patients. Sue Steele-Smith, HETI Senior Program Officer from Allied Health, explains how the new blended learning package is helping to improve internal processes within hospitals and reduce hospital stays for patients.
Removing Barriers to Vital Alzheimer’s Research
"Programs like the HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health provide an exemplary model of developing workforce capacity. It is a unique opportunity to work across a diverse range of clinical settings, in addition to fostering the development of research, education and advocacy skills.”
Sydney-based neuropsychiatrist and PhD candidate Dr Rebecca Koncz, is a passionate advocate for the HETI Awards in Psychiatry and Mental Health and credits HETI with providing her with the platform to delve into full-time research and specialist training that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible without the provision of the Awards.
Dr Koncz’s Research Fellowship enabled her to pursue important research into the genetic and environmental factors contributing to Alzheimer’s disease. Now the basis of her PhD candidacy, Dr Koncz continues to work with researchers at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, UNSW Sydney, using PET brain scans to investigate amyloid plaque build-up in twins over the age of 65 years.
Immersive leadership program stretches participants to face new challenges
“The real highlight for me was the immersive experiences. This was the first time that I’d participated in a program that incorporates you going out and undertaking real life experiences...the learnings from that have been phenomenal for me and I’ve been able to bring back [what I learnt] and apply it to my own team here in Western NSW.”
When Brendon Cutmore commenced the inaugural NSW Health Senior Executive Development Program delivered by HETI, he couldn’t see himself applying for a senior executive role with NSW Health. He felt he lacked the confidence required to take on a senior role.
Brendon has now stepped up to take on a new position as the Executive Director of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at Western NSW Local Health District. He credits his involvement in the intensive program as key in giving him the confidence to apply, and the strategic leadership skills to successfully land the position.
How HETI makes a difference
eLearning resources in My Health Learning
Reduction in hospital bed days through Guardianship Training
Record Medical graduate training positions available in 2019
Three new interprofessional education webcasts for rural clinicians focusing on Asthma Management were hosted by HETI in December 2019.
Guest speaker Marg Gordon from National Asthma Council Australia presented evidence-based best practice in asthma management; explored practical strategies to assist participants to better understand the effects of asthma and how patients could take better control of their symptoms; and shared management principles that lead to breathing freely and living life fully.
After ten months of immersive leadership learning, our 2nd Senior Executive Development cohort graduated this week, including Dr Melanie Boursnell, Director at HETI. Cohort Three applications open now!
The inaugural International Golden Scalpel games which were hosted by Bangkok in May were a great success and we can’t wait for HETI’s Golden Scalpel Games being held in Sydney in August.