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Mentoring at the RANZCP

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What is mentoring?

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.   

Mentoring is a relationship whereby an experienced person guides another’s development by challenging, sharing, supporting and planning to help achieve goals. It exists outside of the usual performance reporting lines: mentors should not be direct supervisors or managers of the mentee. Clinical supervision and performance appraisal do not form part of the mentoring relationship.  

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

Mentoring is distinct from coaching, which involves specific assistance towards a particular goal, for example passing an exam.


2019–2020 Mentoring Program – Applications now closed.

The aim of the 20192020 Mentoring Program is to support rurally-based and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander trainees on their pathway to Fellowship by facilitating mentoring relationships with experienced Fellows who can guide and support them.

Mentoring partnerships are expected to communicate on a regular basis (approximately 1-2 hours per month) for a total duration of 8 months (October 2019 – June 2020).

Participants will be invited to attend an introductory workshop dinner in Sydney on Saturday 23 November 2019 to meet with their mentoring partner and identify the goals for the program. An introductory email will be sent to participants that can’t attend the workshop dinner.

If you have any questions about the mentoring program, please contact mentoring@ranzcp.org or 03 9601 4988.

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

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 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.