A 9-month crash course on what dental school may not teach you.

The 2021 ADAQ Mentoring Program will give you access to some of the most experienced, battle-tested dentists in Queensland. Listen to their stories, advice, and learnings as you start your career, or look to take it to the next level.

A mentoring relationship is one that is built on trust, in which there is an exchange of knowledge, experience and goodwill.


How can mentors help?

  • Act as a source of information and insight
  • Suggest relevant options regarding career development or strategies for achieving professional goals
  • Recommend possible resources to improve specific skills
  • Help the mentee solve professional challenges in their working life
  • Discuss issues of professional ethics skills
  • Discuss workplace related issues and options for how these may be addressed

This program is not about the mentor finding a job for the mentee.

For young dentists, it’s so valuable to have an “ear” to discuss ideas and concerns.

Dr Paul Close
Practitioner for over 40 years
2020 Mentor

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Program Details

 

What are the benefits of the program?

For Mentees:

  • Experienced guidance and support in the profession
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • Receiving feedback and developmental guidance
  • Identifying professional growth and career planning

For Mentors:

  • Contribute back to the profession
  • Stay abreast of emerging issues relevant to the profession
  • Further development of mentoring skills such as listening, asking questions, guiding, providing feedback, communication and interpersonal skills

When do applications close?

Applications open 1 February 2021

Applications close 28 February 2021

Who is eligible for the program?

To join as a mentee, you must meet the following criteria:

  • New graduate (0-5 years post-graduation from an Australian University)
  • Financial Member of ADAQ
  • Registered to work in Australia
  • Currently employed full-time or part-time in Queensland

Successful mentees will be required to pay a $50 fee to secure their place in the program.

To join as a mentor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant work experience as a Dentist in Queensland (6 + years post-graduation)
  • Financial Member of ADAQ
  • Registered to work in Australia
  • Currently employed full-time or part-time in Queensland

Mentors are volunteers and therefore pay no fees.

 

What's involved?

The ADAQ Mentoring Program is a 9-month program commencing in March 2021.

Mentors and mentees will be matched according to application details and are encouraged to attend all Webinars hosted by ADAQ.

During the program, mentors and mentees will be expected to be in contact at least monthly.

Mentees and first-time mentors will also be expected to complete Art of Mentoring program training online to prepare them for their mentoring relationship. Acceptance into the program is conditional upon your commitment to completion of the training.

During the program, you will receive frequent communications from ADAQ, giving you helpful tips and information about mentoring and access to other relevant materials available for supporting mentees.

During and at the end of the program you will be invited to provide feedback to ADAQ about your experience.

Program Materials

Once you apply and are matched, all the materials you need will be available for you online. If you have materials you would like to share with others, you can also post these up.

The online program administration platform will allow you to communicate with the program coordinators and access resources.

How does it work?

Mentees and mentors will be required to complete an application form to assess their eligibility for the program against a set of criteria. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to their application details, experience and goals.

Members who are not successfully matched will be able to participate in future programs.

FAQ's

1. How long will the mentor program run for? 

The 2021 program will run 9 months from early March to Mid-December.

2. Are there costs involved? 

Mentors are volunteers and pay no fees.

Mentees pay $50 including GST.

3. How many people can participate in the pilot program? 

A maximum of 30 mentees matched with 30 mentors. So, hurry if you want to take part!

4. Why do you need me to provide so much information on my application form? 

The information you provide will help us ‘match’ the right mentee with the right mentor, based on experience, skills and what you both want to achieve from the pilot program.

5. When will I know if I’ve been successful, and if so, who I’ve been matched with? 

Once you have uploaded your profile, we will contact you to confirm whether you’ve been accepted into the program and who has been selected as your mentoring partner.

You will hear from us by early-mid March.

6. What will I have to do if my application is successful? 

If your application is successful, you will be asked to complete a one-hour online training. The training will help provide you with the knowledge and skills to have a successful mentoring relationship.

The dates and timings of these sessions will be communicated to participants once they enter the program.

It will be up to each mentee/mentor pair to establish their own timetables for their one-on-one meetings, which should probably take place at least monthly throughout the program.

7. Will discussions between mentees and mentors be confidential? 

Absolutely! Great mentee/mentor relationships are based first and foremost on trust. Your participation in the program is confidential and you will agree with your partner how you will handle confidentiality between each other.

I was part of the program last year. Can I join again this year?

Yes. If you are a mentee, you will need to fill out your application  completely again. If you are a mentor, you can log in  and your application will be there. You will just need to submit it.

What if I am not selected?

The 2021 Pilot program is only available to 30 mentees.

We will endeavor to match all mentees that apply, provided that we have a suitable mentor. Some mentors may not be matched if their expertise/ experience is not suitable for any applicants. If we don’t have a suitable match for a mentor, we won’t pair you for the sake of putting you in the program.

For more information

Contact the ADAQ E-Mentoring Program Manager, Annie Corless 07 3252 9866 or membership@adaq.com.au

Timeline

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Whether you are a mentee looking for guidance or a mentor looking to give back to the profession, we'd love to hear from you.

Apply for the program