Information on training content


Training to become a mentor or mentee in the 2023 program commences in January with 2 webinars and concludes in March with one final webinar. Access to these free sessions will be made available to RACGP members who wish to take up this voluntary mentoring opportunity.

Your mentor training will be divided into the following areas:

Topic: The Role of the Mentor


This topic focuses on requirements for your role as a mentor, specifically:

  1. Introduction to mentees;
  2. Understand how to enhance networks for building resilience;
  3. Distinguish between the role of coach and mentor.

Topic: Self Care for Mentors: How to Protect your mental wellbeing


In this interactive session, mentors will learn about the importance of self-care and how to protect their mental wellbeing. Specifically, the session will cover:

  1. Contemporary definitions and models of mental wellbeing;
  2. Factors that influence the mental wellbeing of medical professionals;
  3. The link between stress, self-care, mental wellbeing and performance;
  4. A personal audit of existing self-care practices, and opportunities for extension;
  5. Learning and practicing evidence-based strategies for strengthening mental wellbeing;
  6. Developing a self-care Action Plan for the year ahead;
  7. A brief word on burnout, depression, anxiety, suicide and help-seeking

Topic: Mentoring Tools and Traps


This topic focuses on developing knowledge of how mentoring optimises human performance, specifically and the importance of the context in which mentoring is being applied:

  1. Establish relationship boundaries;
  2. Develop active listening skills as a mentor;
  3. Recognise conscious and unconscious bias, the risk of the ‘halo’ effect and focusing on being the best that you can be as a mentor.

Your mentee training will cover the following topics:

  1. Common styles of mentoring relationships;
  2. Boundaries and time appreciation;
  3. Short term, medium term and long term goals;
  4. Building trust and getting started.