Enhancing Practice 2022 Conference



Health Education and Training Institute 
Email: heti-info@health.nsw.gov.au
Number: +61 2 9844 6551


The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) is a leading provider of high-quality education and training to support more than 140,000 clinical and non-clinical staff, trainers, managers, and leaders across the NSW health system. As a nationally registered Institute of Higher Education, HETI also provides accredited courses in Mental Health that are available at certificate, diploma, masters level and for professional development. with people from across Australia enrolled.

Working closely with Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks, health professionals and other public health organisations across NSW, ensures our programs relevance and responsiveness to the needs of health professionals and patients.

We combine evidence-based research and evaluation with educational design expertise to develop contemporary, responsive education and training that has person-centred care and interprofessional practice at its core.

HETI work is diverse examples include:
  • eLearning modules delivered through My Health Learning on topics such as Violence Prevention, Refugee Health to Clinical Care of People who maybe be suicidal.
  • Workshops on managing health resources and people management; to intensive programs designed for developing NSW Health’s future leaders.
  • Scholarships, grants in identified areas of need and to enable participation in educational opportunities.
  • Managing Junior Medical Officer internship applications and placements on behalf of the State as well as clinical student placements through Clinconnect.
  • State-wide programs that support medical professionals in rural and remote NSW.
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters level courses in Mental Health.
The contemporary, innovative and meaningful health education and training that we develop and deliver helps to support a world-class workforce delivering improved health outcomes for patients.

HETI strengths come from our people and our dedicated partners working in collaboration to meet the learning needs of the NSW Health workforce.


Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Email: ISLHD-EDNM@health.nsw.gov.au

About us
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) provides health services for the residents of the Illawarra Shoalhaven region – around 400,000 people. The Illawarra Shoalhaven extends from Helensburgh in the northern Illawarra to North Durras in the southern Shoalhaven and covers the Local Government Areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven.
The region’s landscape concentrates residential areas into a narrow strip of suburban communities and coastal towns.

The people who live here
The Illawarra Shoalhaven region is the traditional home of the Dharawal and Yuin nations and encompasses five language groups: Wadi Wadi, Dharawal, Wandandian, Walbanga and Yuin. The Aboriginal communities retain strong cultural connections to the region’s coastline, hinterland and escarpment. People who were born overseas are well presented in the Illawarra Shoalhaven and there is a growing number of refugees in the region.
Some of the smaller communities along the southern coastline are quite isolated with limited public transport and a growing proportion of older residents. Certain communities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven are some of the most disadvantaged in the State, with a number of factors contributing to their disadvantage. The population is growing and this growth will continue due to natural increases, as well as the sustained migration of young families and retirees. The make-up of the population will change over the next 20 years, with the majority of growth occurring in the older age groups.

Our Vision
Excellent services, quality partnerships, healthy communities.
The ISLHD vision statement expresses our ideals as an organisation and specifies three attributes that will underpin our goal setting and decision making:

  • Excellent services – we intend to provide evidence based best practice health services
  • Quality partnerships – we understand that excellence will be dependent on collaboration with patients, their families, other health providers and other community and government organisations 
  • Health communities – our highest responsibility is to the health of our communities. 
The ISLHD vision statement declares the intention of the Board, Executive and staff regarding the provision of health services for the communities of the Illawarra Shoalhaven.
Our Purpose
To provide best practice health care and programs that promote the health and wellbeing of the people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven.
ISLHD will continuously focus on population health data and outcome measures to assess the health of our communities and where we need to focus improvement.        


Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Email: michelle.eason@health.nsw.gov.au
Number: +61 2 9700 3829


Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (the Network) provides health care to adults and young people in contact with the forensic mental health and criminal justice systems in NSW.

Each year, the Network’s staff care for more than 30,000 patients in over 100 locations across the state, including correctional centres, youth justice centres, inpatient settings, courts, police cells, and in the community.

The Network provides multidisciplinary health services to patients, including primary care, drug and alcohol, mental health, population health, women’s and midwifery care, oral health, Aboriginal health, youth health, and a range of allied health services.

As part of the NSW public health system, we are uniquely positioned to respond to the health needs of these individuals who commonly have had minimal contact with mainstream health services in the community.


Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Health
Email: Michael.Peregrina@health.nsw.gov.au
Number: +61 2 9424 5783


The Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO) provide advice on professional nursing and midwifery issues and on policy issues, monitor policy implementation, manage State-wide nursing and midwifery projects and initiatives.

NaMO continues to partner with the Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks in various Practice Development, leadership and workplace culture programs that support the delivery of safe, quality, and compassionate care.



Network of Practice Development Units of the University Hospitals Basel
Berne, Zurich, Switzerland
Email: irenaanna.frei@usb.ch
Number: +41 79 317 7514


The Practice Development Unit's of the University Hospitals - Basel, Berne and Zurich have established a network to promote evidence-based nursing practice and person-centred practice development. This cooperation has been in place since 15 years and in 2012, we became a member of the International Practice Development Collaboration (IPDC) represented by Kathrin Hirter and Irena Anna Frei.

The three University Hospitals are among the five leading medical centres in Switzerland with a highly, internationally recognised standard. The professionals and especially nursing and allied health professionals, ensure the well-being, safety and recovery of the patients and their families on the basis of the latest state-of-the-art knowledge. Collaboration with the respective universities and the globally leading life science companies, strengthen innovations in all medical disciplines at the highest level. This knowledge transfer also benefits teaching and research as well as training and further education to a marked extent.

The Network of the Practice Development Units shares the perspective of sustaining and strengthening person-centred practice development beyond their own organisations. The agreement includes the following subject areas:
  • Establishing and managing the Practice Development School in Switzerland in German
  • Promoting Practice Development in the German speaking countries
  • Developing and evaluating advanced nursing practice
  • Developing and sharing evidence based ways of working and person-centred Practice Development
  • Engaging as member in the IPDC activities

The IPDC membership has been beneficial for the Network in that we have been able to build international relationships with researchers and practitioners committed to person-centred practice development. Their knowledge and skills have enabled us to broaden our expertise. The membership has also given us the opportunity to collaborate on research projects and theoretical concepts and to contribute to publications.



South Eastern Sydney LHD
Email: Barb.crawford@health.nsw.gov.au
Number: +61 425 230 921


South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is one of the largest local health districts in Sydney, covering a geographical area of 468 square kilometers from Sydney’s central business district to the Royal National Park.

We proudly deliver health care to around 930,000 residents across the local government areas of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Bayside, Kogarah, Hurstville and Sutherland Shire. We also provide a key role in helping residents of Lord Howe and Norfolk islands.

SESLHD’s vision is ‘exceptional care, healthier lives’. This vision acknowledges that SESLHD will work in partnership to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and transform experiences. Our strategic priorities are ‘partnering for healthier communities’, ‘providing person-centred care’, ‘supporting team to thrive’ & ‘shaping the future’.

At the heart of everything we do is a set of values- Collaboration, Openness, Respect, and Empowerment.