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Mentoring at the RANZCP

Mentoring in your psychiatry career  

‘Mentoring’ is identified as a complementary personal and professional support system, suitable to be accessed across the career life-cycle of all psychiatrists. It is a particularly valuable non-supervisory support for those on the pathway to Fellowship or in the early stages of a psychiatry career.

Mentoring is a partnership whereby an experienced person guides another’s development by challenging, sharing, supporting and planning to help to achieve their career goals. It exists outside of the usual performance reporting lines, and mentors should not be the direct supervisors or managers of the mentee. Clinical supervision and performance appraisal do not form part of the mentoring partnership. Mentoring is distinct from coaching, which involves specific assistance towards a particular goal, for example passing an exam.

Effective mentoring partnerships involve more than just having a chat over a cup of coffee. Before entering into a mentoring partnership, it is important to have an understanding of the different phases and growth of the partnership, and what the expectations and outcomes of the partnership may be.

Introducing the 2020 RANZCP Mentoring Program

For the past few years, the College has been offering a mentoring program funded by the Australian Government under the Specialist Training Program (STP) to support trainees who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and trainees who are working in rural areas of Australia. Building on this program, the College is pleased to now expand the RANZCP Mentoring Program to all trainees (Associate members) and early career psychiatrists in both countries Australia and New Zealand. Rurally-based and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander trainees are strongly encouraged to participate in the mentoring program.                       

Participant mentors and mentees in the 2019-20 STP Mentoring Program

As an expanded and free member service, all trainees and early career psychiatrists in their first two years post-Fellowship have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated 8-month mentoring program specifically designed to match and pair them with suitably experienced College Fellows and Affiliate members.  

The College mentoring program provides eligible trainees and early career psychiatrists with access to confidential, non-supervisory support from another, more experienced psychiatrist. It offers valuable support and professional inclusion, access to a collegiate network, and professional guidance towards achieving long-term career goals.

In 2020, mentoring partnership opportunities will be available bi-nationally across Australia and New Zealand. Places to participate in the mentoring program are limited this year but will be reviewed in future years.

The mentoring program provides participants with:

  • an 8-month structured and supported College mentoring program
  • facilitated pairing and introductions provided by the College
  • the option to participate in an introductory welcome event 
  • dedicated training resources and information on setting up mentoring partnerships for success
  • advice and support from the College where needed
  • an evaluation and continuous improvement process to participate in
  • the chance to expand your networks, and build lifelong networks and partnerships

Expressions of interest for the 2020 RANZCP Mentoring Program have now closed

To participate in this program you must be committed to communicate with your mentoring partner on a regular basis (approximately 1-2 hours per month) for a total duration of 8 months (April – December 2020). Please note that places to participate are limited.

Applications to become a RANZCP Mentor have now closed

Participation as a mentor in the program is open bi-nationally to all Fellows and Affiliate members of the College.

For College Fellows and Affiliate members, participation in the mentoring program provides the opportunity to:

  • offer trainees and early career psychiatrists a non-supervisory support in a confidential, non-judgmental setting;
  • reflect on their own practice/experience
  • foster the next generation of psychiatrists
  • introduce their mentees to other College Fellows and Affiliate members and share their professional networks
  • complete an eligible CPD learning activity (category 4.7: College Activities)
  • expand their own professional development goals
  • stay connected or reconnect with College membership services and programs

Read more about being a mentor, what’s involved and practical tips on mentoring partnerships in the Mentoring for mentors flyer [PDF; 318 KB]

Expressions of Interest for te 2020 RANZCP Mentoring Program have now closed.

Applications to become a RANZCP Mentee have now closed

Participation as a mentee in the program is open to:

  • all current trainees (Associate members)
  • early career psychiatrists who are in their first two years post-Fellowship

For trainees and early career psychiatrists, participation in the mentoring program provides the opportunity to:

  • access supportive senior College Fellows and Affiliate members outside of their immediate health service, workplace, or local work area
  • receive encouragement from senior College Fellows and Affiliate members throughout the training program on their pathway to Fellowship, or in the early stages of their psychiatry careers
  • access new professional relationships and networks to assist them build a future psychiatry career
  • get health and wellbeing peer-support through mentors referrals and advice
  • receive guidance from senior College Fellows and Affiliate members on topics such as career opportunities, achieving work/life balance, and professional growth

Read more about being a mentee, what’s involved and practical tips on mentoring partnerships in the Mentoring for mentees flyer [PDF; 361 KB] 

Expressions of Interest for the 2020 RANZCP Mentoring Progra have now closed.


Mentoring resources

Three mentoring modules, created to assist you to become involved in a mentoring partnership in the future, are now available on Learnit. [member log-in required].

Mentoring - Module 1: Introduction to mentoring

This module is suitable for any psychiatry Fellow, Affiliate members or trainee interested in mentoring.

Mentoring - Module 2: Mentoring for mentees

This module explores the role of the mentee in more detail to help you prepare for this role with confidence and focus, and to help you get the most out of the mentoring experience.

Mentoring - Module 3: Being an effective mentor

This module explores the role of the mentor in more detail to help you prepare for this role with confidence and focus, and to help you get the most out of the mentoring experience.

Each module will take approximately 30–45 minutes to complete.


Support and advice is always available from the College, please contact us at mentoring@ranzcp.org or on 1800 337 448 (calling from Australia) or 0800 443 827 (calling from New Zealand). 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program (STP) to deliver a component of this mentoring program.