Higher Education Registration
Higher Education is regulated by the Commonwealth of Australia Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA). TEQSA accreditation and registration falls under the Higher Education Standards (HES) Framework (2015) that will apply as of January 2017.
The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) has been awarded the status of a higher education provider by TEQSA on 27 October 2016. HETI has been granted the maximum registration period of seven years for registration of the two new course frameworks and as a higher education provider. This is a first for a public health entity to be so recognised within Australia. This is a tremendous achievement, strengthening the workforce capability across the NSW Health system and beyond.
Further information on TEQSA can be accessed at the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency website: www.teqsa.gov.au.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
HETI Higher Education uses the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) that establishes the quality of Australian qualifications. The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. It incorporates the quality assured qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses are set at AQF level 8, with Masters set at AQF level 9. Further information on the AQF levels can be accessed at the Australian Qualifications Framework website: www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-levels.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
The Psychiatric Medicine program provided by HETI is accredited with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). The RANZCP is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.
The Master of Psychiatric Medicine program has been designed to meet the criteria as a Formal Education Course (FEC) of the RANZCP. Participation in an FEC is mandatory for doctors in their first 2 stages of training towards Fellowship with the RANZCP.
While face to face attendance is preferred, no restriction has been placed on mode of study.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Similarly courses previously offered by the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) in General Practice have been registered and accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development Program. The new Psychiatric Medicine program for General Practitioners has been developed for practicing General Practitioners (GP) and GP Registrars through examination of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) training requirements and competencies and communication with the RACGP. The accreditation for 2017 delivery of the Psychiatric Medicine program will be sought following the TEQSA determination of accreditation.
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
The Psychiatric Medicine program for Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists has been developed with consideration of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Mental Health Advanced Skills Training Curriculum Edition 2. It is anticipated that the Psychiatric Medicine program will seek recognition as a suitable formal training course to support advanced specialised training in mental health with ACRRM for the 2017 delivery.