In 2017, the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) launched higher education delivery in addition to its existing programs. The two inaugural higher education programs in mental health have been developed by the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) as part of its transition to the mental health portfolio of HETI. The courses are nested within two frameworks, Applied Mental Health Studies and Psychiatric Medicine. Students will benefit from flexible entry and exit points for contemporised Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level courses, developed and delivered with a focus on work related learning in a major public health system, high academic quality and governance. Underpinning the frameworks is a philosophy of recovery oriented practice, supporting the recovery journeys of people with mental illness through maximising hope, optimism, strength, resilience, self-determination, self-management and advocacy.