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We recognise the unique and vital contribution that all academic and professional staff make to the success of the School.


The Mentoring@MSPGH Program offers an opportunity for staff to discuss their career interests and identify areas for development, whilst gaining advice in a safe and supportive environment.

The program connects academic and professional staff of all levels at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.  Staff members (mentees) will be matched with a mentor drawn from current, honorary and alumni staff within the MSPGH and other Schools and Faculties at the University of Melbourne, and with mentors from partner universities and organisations.

The Mentoring Program is a six-month commitment that includes one-to-one meetings between mentor and mentee, training for both mentors and mentees, and optional professional development sessions. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to their area of expertise, career goals, experience and interests.

The program is currently limited to 30 pairs. Due to the size limitations the program only accepts mentees who are fixed term or continuing academic and professional staff from the MSPGH.

Each mentoring relationship will be different and the approach you take will vary depending on individual goals and experiences.

How it works

The program is intended to be flexible. It is up to each individual mentoring pair to decide on the format, frequency and formality of the mentoring relationship. As a guide, we suggest that participants commit to at least four meetings over the course of the mentoring program. The program will commence with an introduction session in June where all partners are invited to attend and will close with a final session in November.

During the 6 month program, professional development opportunities will be provided as optional add ons to both mentors and mentees.

The themes of the sessions will be directed by the cohort’s identified growth areas and suggested topics.

Getting started


Mentees and mentor pairs will be matched through a confidential process based on information provided on your application. Every effort is made to ensure mentees’ interests are aligned as closely as possible with those of the mentor, to ensure a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Nevertheless, some degree of flexibility and understanding on the part of mentor and mentee may be required, and a willingness to embrace the opportunity should you be matched with someone with different interests.

Setting goals

Prior to the first meeting, all mentees should reflect on their career goals and their mentoring objectives. Not everyone may have their career mapped out, in fact it is okay if you don’t have a specific career goal and would like assistance finding the right path for you.

To assist deciding on a focus for your meetings, mentees will be provided with resources once they are accepted into the program which will assist them in planning their objectives for the program.

Training sessions

As part of the mentoring program, mentors and mentees are asked to participate in any in person or online workshops.

Participation in these workshops is a requirement of the program for mentees.  Mentors are encouraged to attend if possible.


It is the mentee’s responsibility to make the initial contact with the mentor and organise ongoing meetings.

Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least 4 times during the mentoring period.

If mentees are having trouble contacting their mentor (e.g. after two attempts), contact the Mentoring Program Manager.

Program requirements

Participants are expected to:

  • Read the program guidelines, polices and any training resources as directed
  • Meet at least 4 times over the mentoring period
  • Agree on a mentoring schedule and objectives
  • Attend meetings and follow up with action items
  • Be professional, respectful and observe confidentiality
  • Be punctual and provide adequate warning of changes to plans
  • Respond to communications in a timely manner
  • Participate in required evaluations and provide feedback
  • Contact the Program Manager at any point throughout the program if you have any concerns or questions

More information

Please read our guidelines to ensure that you are ready to begin the process and make the most of the Mentoring@MSPGH Program. If you have further questions, contact us.

We look forward to your participation.

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We are accepting our first cohort of mentees and mentors to start in June 2021.

If you are interested in joining the program as a mentee or as a mentor, please complete the application below:

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Applications close 28 May 2021.