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.
The broad aim of this project is to:
“Provide workers in MHCC and NADA member organisations (CMOs) who have an interest in research with academic mentor support to develop their research knowledge and skill development”.
Related aims include:
- Facilitate an increase in worker confidence, knowledge and skills in the area of research and evaluation.
- Provide mentors with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of community managed organisations and the specific operational issues which may impact on the conduct and implementation of research.
- Further develop a research culture within community managed organisations.
- Develop deeper understanding by academic researchers of practice related issues of organisations operating in the community sector and stakeholders interests (e.g. consumers, clients, carers).
WOULD YOU LIKE SUPPORT DEVELOPING A RESEARCH PROJECT?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO DEVELOP NEW RESEARCH SKILLS?
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?
- You must be working in the mental health or alcohol and other drugs sectors.
- You can be a novice researcher or have research experience, but want to develop your skills or receive guidance on a particular aspect of a new or current research project.
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.
HOW DO I APPLY?
CMHDARN is planning on running another round of mentoring soon. Contact the Research Network Coordinator to find out more.
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’