Unsure which training programs you can and cannot attend? Check out the
HNET Training Matrix () 103K.
HNE Health staff can visit the
HNET eLearning centre at
. Click here for help accessing the HNET Psychiatry MyLink resource.
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Grand Rounds occur on
Wednesday afternoons at 1.30pm in the
MHA Building, Mater Hospital and is preceded by a lunch at 1pm. It is an open forum with all employees of Hunter New England Mental Health and participants from other District Health Services invited. Grand Rounds are an important educational opportunity for all staff and has a long tradition of being popular with medical students, allied health staff, junior and senior medical staff, psychologists and other interested clinicians. Recently, the structure has been modified to create the opportunity for an increased academic focus, thereby enhancing the continued professional development value of each session. Grand Rounds are usually presented by members of the multidisciplinary team from each subspeciality and location throughout our network. High levels of audience participation are encouraged.
WHO CAN ATTEND? All mental health clinicians.
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WHO CAN ATTEND? Registrars sitting next round of OSCE exams.
For information about examination preparation, visit our
Psychiatry Training page.
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One of our HNET Psychotherapy Educators, Dr Marina Vamos, delivers psychotherapy training sessions following Psychiatry Training, on particular Wednesdays from 4.00pm. For specific dates, download the Psychiatry Training program on our
Psychiatry Training page. The psychotherapy training session that begins at 4.00pm is held in the
MHA Building, Meeting Room 4015 at the Mater Hospital.
WHO CAN ATTEND? Stage 1 & 2 Registrars.
Dr Nick Bendit delivers
psychological formulation sessions to Stage 1 trainees during Semester 1 following Psychiatry Training, on specific Wednesday afternoons from
4.00pm. For these specific dates, download the Stage 1 Psychiatry Training program on our
Psychiatry Training page. This training is held in the
MHA Building, Meeting Room 4020 at the Mater Hospital. The sessions include presenting a case, discussion and learning to understand why the person was in trouble. The sessions may include other elements of the formulation and a focus on the psychodynamic / relational aspects.
WHO CAN ATTEND? Stage 1 Registrars.
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The monthly research forums are an initiative by HNET and MH-READ to allow for local researchers to come together to showcase their current research projects and methods so those interested can find out what projects are occurring in the region and learn more about the various research methodologies. Psychiatry trainees who need to do a scholarly project are strongly encouraged to attend. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12.00pm in Meeting Room 4020 (MHA Building Mater Hospital), and a Zoom link is available for those attending from elsewhere.
WHO CAN ATTEND? All HNELHD staff interested in mental health and related research.
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training progam (HSP) aims to improve the quality and safety of patient care. This innovative project by HETI is designed to keep CMOs and SRMOs engaged with education & training. To view the HSP website, click here.
All PGY3+ medical staff who are not in a vocational training program are required to enrol in the HSP. The Director of Training in HNE for this program is Dr Usha Pavarthy and the contact number for this program when you enrol is (02) 4985-3376.
CONSUMER PARTICIPATION UNIT (CPU): HNET recommends reading books written by people about their own lived experience with mental illness or by carers about their experience of loved ones with mental illness. HNET psychiatry trainees take part in a book club discussion every semester that includes reading one of these resources. This resource list was created by the HNEMH CPU and is a great guide to some of these resources available. Click here to download.
- TEACHING ON THE RUN: HNET recommends that every doctor supervising junior medical staff in our service attend Teaching on the Run. To attend any of these workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book in.
ECT TRAINING: ECT training is a key component of Fellowship training and forms one of the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) that is located in Stage 2 of the program. It involves one academic session followed by five "hands-on" mornings in the Calvary Mater theatre. This is followed by three supported sessions on Fridays. The EPA requires the registrar to complete three Workplace Based Assessments (WBAs) that take the form of two Case Based Discussions (CbDs) - one CbD examines an acute use of ECT, and the other CbD examining ECT use as a maintenance treatment. The third WBA requires the registrar to present a Powerpoint professional presentation on the topic of their choice. For further information, please contact Vincent Drinkwater on
4033-5027 or by email at email@example.com
- HNE SKILLS & SIMULATION CENTRE:
Hunter New England Skills & Simulation Centre
- CENTRE FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CFMPD has a number of opportunities available to assist you in fulfilling your role as a medical clinician, especially if you are interested in developing your skills in a range of areas beyond your clinical expertise. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click here to visit the website for doctors.
- IMG MENTORING & SUPPORT PROGRAM: The Mentoring and Support Program of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is designed for IMGs who are working towards achieving Fellowship of the RANZCP. For more information refer to the RANZCP website
- INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY MENTAL HEALTH ELEARNING WEBSITE: This website has been developed by the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatric (3DN) at UNSW Medicine and funded by the NSW Government. This innovative education tool is aimed at upskilling the workforce to meet the unique mental health needs of those people with an intellectual disability. The direct link to the website is:
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