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Mentoring at the RANZCP


Following the success of the recent Mentoring Program for Rural Trainees in 2014-2015, three mentoring programs are being offered in 2016-2017:

  • Mentoring Program for Rural Trainees
  • Victorian Branch Mentoring Pilot
  • WA Branch Mentoring Pilot

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is identified as a complementary personal and professional support system, suitable to be accessed across the career life-cycle of all psychiatrists. It is a particularly valuable non-supervisory support for those on the pathway to Fellowship.   

Mentoring is a relationship whereby an experienced person guides another’s development by challenging, sharing, supporting and planning to help achieve goals. It exists outside of the usual performance reporting lines: mentors should not be direct supervisors or managers of the mentee. Clinical supervision and performance appraisal do not form part of the mentoring relationship.  

Effective mentoring relationships involve more than just having a chat over a cup of coffee. Before entering into a mentoring relationship, it is important to have an understanding of the different phases of the relationship and what the expectations and outcomes of the relationship may be.

Mentoring is distinct from coaching, which involves specific assistance towards a particular goal, for example passing an exam.

Why get involved?

Benefits for mentees:

  • increased support and professional inclusion
  • great professional networking opportunity
  • professional guidance towards achieving long term career goals
  • opportunity to discuss issues with a non-supervising psychiatrist.

Benefits for mentors:

  • opportunity to foster the next generation of psychiatrists
  • opportunity for reflection, to develop new skills and be further energised in their work
  • opportunity to share a wealth of experience and knowledge to assist a junior colleague in a confidential, non-judgemental setting
  • CPD points.

How to get involved

Victorian Branch Mentoring Pilot and WA Branch Mentoring Pilot

These pilot programs are currently in progress, but if you would like to be involved in future programs please email

National Mentoring Program

Applications for the 2017 Mentoring Program for Rural Trainees are now open.  Participation as a mentee is open to all RANZCP trainees (of any stage) who are expecting to complete the majority of their training in a rural area (RA2-RA5).  Participation as a mentor is open to all Fellows of the College.

All participants will be required to attend a mentoring workshop dinner in Sydney on Saturday 3 February 2018.

  • Funding will be made available for participants who live 100km from the workshop location for associated transport, accommodation, meals and out of pocket expenses.
  • All participants will need to complete the mentoring e-learning modules available on the LMS prior to the dinner.
  • You will be expected to communicate on a monthly basis with your mentor (approximately 1 – 2 hours per month) throughout the duration of the program (telephone, video conference, email).
  • All participants will need to participate in a series of short evaluation activities.

Expressions of interest will close on 10 November 2017.

. Trainee EOI Form

. Mentor EOI Form

If you have any questions please email

Mentoring resources

Three mentoring modules, created to assist you to become involved in a mentoring partnership in the future, are now available on Learnit.

Mentoring - Module 1: Introduction to mentoring

This module is suitable for any psychiatry Fellow or trainee interested in mentoring.

Mentoring - Module 2: Mentoring for mentees

This module explores the role of the mentee in more detail to help you prepare for this role with confidence and focus, and to help you get the most out of the mentoring experience.

Mentoring - Module 3: Being an effective mentor

This module explores the role of the mentor in more detail to help you prepare for this role with confidence and focus, and to help you get the most out of the mentoring experience.

Each module will take approximately 30–45 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about the mentoring program, please contact or 03 9601 4977.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program (STP) to deliver this mentoring program.