HETI Higher Education History

History of North Parramatta Campus

HETI Higher Education was previously located on the  Cumberland Hospital (East Campus), in Sydney's western suburbs. A psychiatric  facility has been on the site since the mid-19th Century. 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).

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. A bell tower was also constructed to  house a clock mechanism presented to the colony by King George IV in 1822. For  more information about the Female factory, visit the ParraGirls website.

As at 26th of June 2021, HETI Higher Education  has officially relocated to 1 Reserve Road, St Leonards NSW 2065.

Our history

HETI Higher Education commenced in January 2017 when the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) became the newly founded mental health portfolio of the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI).


The NSWIOP delivered professional mental health education 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 had a significant impact in shaping and equipping the mental health sector, as it delivered quality interprofessional learning for a diverse student population.

Transition to HETI

In response to reform within the mental health sector, a review of the NSWIOP was undertaken in 2013, which recommended an integrated approach to health education. The NSWIOP began a three-year staged integration with HETI which was finalised in late 2016.

As part of the transition, NSWIOP undertook a comprehensive review of its existing programs and created the innovative Applied Mental Health Studies and Psychiatric Medicine frameworks. These contemporary courses benefit from progressive education design delivered within a strong academic governance structure.

About HETI

HETI is the Registered Training Organisation for NSW Health which was established in April 2012 as a Statutory Health Corporation following a Ministerial Review of Future Governance for NSW Health.

At the time of establishment, HETI brought together the work of predecessor organisations: the Clinical Education and Training Institute (CETI); NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training (IMET); and NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching (IRCST).

Read more about HETI’s history.