Research Mentoring Pilot Program

Pilot Mentoring Program for Early Career Researchers in the Allied Health Professions, ACT

February 2007 to June 2008

Preliminary consultation of ACT allied health professionals in 2004 found that a lack of mentoring was a significant barrier to research. In response to this identified need ACT Health, the ACT Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Catholic University and the University of Canberra formed a collaborative working group to develop and pilot a mentoring program for allied health researchers in the ACT.

The benefits for mentees from the allied health professions and for mentors (experienced health researchers from ACT Health and ACT tertiary institutions) include: increased motivation for research, enhanced research-related knowledge and skills and an expanded research and professional network.

In the longer term, allied health professions in the ACT could benefit from the establishment of a culture of research excellence and increased retention of research-active staff in the ACT (as well as being attractive to interstate professionals seeking to undertake research).

Download this document to find out more about the Program

Download: Allied Health Research Mentoring Pilot Program Proposal (PDF File - 228k)

The Program began with a one-day workshop on the 6th of February 2007. This first workshop was launched by the ACT Minister for Health Ms Katy Gallagher.

This workshop established the beginnings of the mentor/mentee relationships and very positive feedback was received.

A copy of the first mentoring workshop program is available here.

Download: Mentoring workshop program (Microsoft Word Document - 161k)

Ten mentoring partnerships meet for approximately two hours once a month after the initial workshop. Professional development workshops, organised by the working group, proved very popular and successful. These professional development sessions were opened up to all health professionals and academics to enhance the interprofessional learning opportunities.

A presentation on 'Basic skills in evaluating quantitative research papers' by A/Prof Gordon Waddington (University of Canberra) is available here.

Download: Powerpoint Presentation: Basic skills in evaluating quantitative research papers (PDF File - 82k)

Prof Richard Ladyshewsky (Curtin University) presented a session on 'Coaching and Mentoring' which raised some important issues around the roles, responsibilities and expectations of mentors and mentees. His power point presentation can be viewed here.

Download: Powerpoint Presentation: Coaching and Mentoring Practices Leading to Success (MS PowerPoint Document - 1007k)

The final professional development session for this pilot was delivered by a member of the working group, Katrina Milbourne (ACT Health, Workforce Policy & Planning). Kate shared her knowledge and experience around securing funding for research and projects. Some of this information can be viewed in her power point here.

Download: Powerpoint Presentation: Research Management, Funding & Support in the Health Care Setting (MS PowerPoint Document - 289k)

The active part of the program closed on 14th December 2007 with a celebratory lunch and presentation of certificates of achievement. The evaluation and final report of the program is now available. This copy does not include appendices in order to protect participant's confidentiality.

Download: Final report on the Pilot Mentoring Program for Early Career Researchers in the Allied health Professions, July 2008 (Microsoft Word Document - 287k)

Communique downloads

Download: AHM Communiqué May 2007 (PDF File - 83k)
AHM Communiqué March 2007 (PDF File - 73k)
AHM Communiqué October 2007 (Microsoft Word Document - 178k)

Contact us

Email Judy Stone in the Office of the Allied Health Adviser at or phone (02) 6205 3058.