CMHDARN Community Research Mentoring Project
CMHDARN has been exploring ways to further develop research capacity in community organisations. One of our initiatives is the Community Research Mentoring Project. The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental health and Substance Use (The Matilda Centre) at the University of Sydney and CMHDARN have agreed to work in partnership to develop a mentoring scheme. Each year, experienced researchers mentor people and organisations in the MH and AOD sectors to feel confident in growing their research activities.
WOULD YOU LIKE SUPPORT DEVELOPING A RESEARCH PROJECT?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO DEVELOP NEW RESEARCH SKILLS?
What is the program?
The program aims to:
- increase mentee confidence, knowledge and skills in the areas of research;
- provide mentors with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of community managed organisations;
- further develop a research culture within community managed organisations; and,
- increase mentors’ understanding of practice related issues concerning organisations working in the community managed mental health and AoD sectors, as well as better understanding stakeholders’ interests (e.g. consumers, clients, carers) and experiences.
Initial support is available for up to 6 months with potential for extension. There is no cost, but you will need to make time for your research and working with your mentor.
WHO CAN APPLY?
- be based in NSW;
- be working for an organisation that is a current member of either MHCC and/or NADA;
- identify a research project, idea, or capacity building tool/resource, skills development or innovation proposal to develop over the course of the program; and
- demonstrate evidence of organisational support and capacity, including Manager (or equivalent) sign-off.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Contact the CMHDARN Coordinator for further information and an application form.
You can apply at any time.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
If your application is successful, you will be matched with a postdoctoral research fellow from the Matilda Centre at the University of Sydney.
Partnerships in Mentoring Roundtable 12 February 2015
This roundtable provided an opportunity to learn about the CMHDARN mentoring project. It let people find out what it is like to be a mentor or a mentee and to learn about different models of mentoring. You can find resources from the day below.
presentation by Deb Tipper ‘Setting the Context’
presentation by Dr Emma Barrett ‘Lessons from the 2014 Experience’
presentation by Dr Gillian Nisbet ‘Peer Group Mentoring Framework’