Mentoring Program

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 NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 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?

The last round closed on 11 December 2018. Future rounds will be advertised on the website and via the Network. Email the CMHDARN Network Coordinator at info@cmhdaresearchnetwork.com.au to receive the network emails.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If your application is successful, you will be matched with a postdoctoral research fellow from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), or another university. The matching will occur at the end of 2018, ready for commencement in the beginning of 2019.

 

Mentoring Resources:

CMHDARN Mentoring Community Project Model

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.

program

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’

Feedback Report

Additional information

Nisbet et al (2014) A Peer Group Mentoring Framework for the Development of Student Supervisors MHCC Sydney

Access to NSW Drug and Alcoho Health Services Library

Further information about CREMs