In 2017, the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) became the newly established mental health portfolio of the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI). As a result of this transition, HETI became an accredited Higher Education Provider to deliver quality higher education in mental health.
An extensive review of NSWIOP was undertaken in 2013 in response to the reform of the mental health sector. Following this review, the then Minister for Mental Health determined that the organisation should become part of HETI to achieve a more integrated approach to health education and training. The transition of the NSWIOP to HETI was a three year process staged process that was finalised at the end of 2016.
As part of the transition strategy, NSWIOP undertook a comprehensive review of its existing programs and created two new and innovative frameworks that are expected contribute to mental health sector reform. This means students will benefit from contemporary education design delivered within a strong academic governance structure. The courses have been designed to meet the needs of the mental health workforce with a strong emphasis on application to practice and the national mental health core capabilities.
NSWIOP has delivered professional education in mental health in Australia for over 50 years. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1964 and through its Board was directly responsible to the New South Wales Minister for Health. As a major provider of mental health education, NSWIOP has had a significant impact in shaping and equipping the mental health sector. NSWIOP delivered quality inter-professional learning for a diverse student population including psychiatrists, general practitioners, mental health professionals, and people with lived experience of mental health and their carers.
In addition, NSWIOP has delivered a range of training programs for the mental health sector and also developed and provided bespoke training on request for Mental Health Consumers and the community at large. These training programs include:
Aboriginal grief and loss training
Training and resources for the Amendments to the Mental Health Act (2007)
COPSETI (Clinical Care of People who may be Suicidal Education and Training Initiative)
Accredited Persons training
Involuntary drug and alcohol treatment
Consumer advocacy training
Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN)
NSWIOP is located on the Cumberland Hospital (East Campus), in Sydney's western suburbs. The building and surrounds are listed under the Heritage and National Trust.
The building was constructed in 1884 to replace the "Factory for Women" or "Female Factory". This was a place of detention for women convicts and a place of industry. For more information about the Female factory, visit the ParraGirls website: http://www.parragirls.org.au/
A bell tower was also constructed to house a clock mechanism presented to the colony by King George IV in 1822. The bell in the tower is dated 1820. In 1995, NSWIOP moved to the newly renovated historic Ward One building of Cumberland Hospital. Cumberland Hospital was named as a mental health hospital in 1983 and is currently under the management of the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).