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ADAPTS Mentoring Program


Life guidance for a dentist, how to balance the pressure/stress between work, patient, life and family. My mentor is brilliant and has kindly shared lots of his own wisdom. I feel I’m more confident, less stressed about the difficult patient and have become a happier dentist.”  Christina, Mentee - August 2016

“I have really enjoyed the program. Dentistry has never been in such challenging times making it harder for recent graduates and experienced dentists alike; I have benefitted immensely from this new program. Thank you for all your excellent background work as I am sure my mentee and myself will be in regular contact beyond the year's end. It has been "win-win" in my opinion."  David, Mentor - September 2016


2017 Program

The 2017 Australian Dental Association NSW Professional Support Program (ADAPTS) commenced on 19 February 2017.  The 2017 Mentoring program is shaping up to be a great initiative of ADA NSW.  82 of our members are participating in the 2017 Mentoring Program. 47 mentees, of which 8 were part of 2016 pilot program and 35 mentors, of which 12 were part of the 2016 pilot program.  This has doubled the direct engagement of experienced dentists with younger dentists.  We wish to thank the generosity of our Mentors, many who will be mentoring two young professionals this year, which has enabled the opportunity for all interested mentees to participate in the program.

The mentoring program is designed specifically for mentees within their first seven years of registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and mentors with seven or greater years of registration with the DBA.

The mentoring partnership will be determined by the goals and objectives of the mentee and therefore be flexible and negotiable. The program is voluntary and confidentiality between the mentee and mentor is essential in order to establish a mutually respectful, honest and open communication.

The 2017 Mentoring Program commenced with the induction workshop held in North Sydney on Sunday the 19 February 2017 which was attended by 70 mentors and mentees. It was a great opportunity for many of our members to catch up with colleagues. The workshop covered presentations including:

  • Introduction and Overview of the Mentoring Program, this is also supported by a manual.
  • What can go wrong for a Dentist?
  • Resources and Planning Tools
  • The Role of a Mentor
  • The Role of a Mentee
  • Meet you mentor/mentee and get to know each other

All attendees received a pack of resources which covered information about the services of ADA NSW, as well as short articles and training resources on communication skills, goal setting, planning, decision making, stress management and time management.  These resources are available free on the Mind Tools web site www.mindtools.com.

The ADAPTS mentoring program has been designed to assist those seeking opportunities for career and professional development by creating mentoring partnerships.  The purpose of the program is to facilitate partnerships whereby a mentor can share their personal knowledge, experience and perspective with a mentee, to foster their personal and professional development.
The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Provide a structured yet flexible opportunity for colleagues to work together in a mutually beneficial partnership and in a strictly confidential setting.
  2. Allow a more experienced practitioner to provide guidance and support to a less experienced colleague as they transition into the profession.
  3. Encourage mentors to embrace the professional responsibility of engaging and supporting younger colleagues.

ADAPTS is not a clinical support program; it has been developed to enhance professionalism and collegiality.  It aims to create a culture that proactively supports practitioners at different stages of their careers in order to enhance the quality of care delivered to their patients.
The mentoring program is designed specifically for mentees within their first seven years of registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and mentors with seven or greater years of registration with the DBA.

The mentoring partnership will be determined by the goals and objectives of the mentee and therefore be flexible and negotiable. The program is voluntary and confidentiality between the mentee and mentor is essential in order to establish a mutually respectful, honest and open communication.

The benefits of the mentoring program to the community include:

  • Improved service through skilled practitioners with appropriate behaviours;
  • Better support networks for practitioners;
  • Less stress and critical interpersonal incidents in the workplace.


The 2016 pilot program has been successful with 19 pairs participating, the feedback from many of the 2016 participants has been very positive and their suggestions for improvements have been incorporated in the 2017 program.  The Committee would like to thank the generosity of the Mentors who gave their time to support the mentees throughout the 2016 pilot program.

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 program you can register online in September 2017. If you have any questions regarding the program, contact Katherine Purcell via katherine.purcell@adansw.com.au.
 

Program Registration

The registration for the 2018 program will open in late September 2017 and will close in early December 2017.   There will be a separate online application form for mentees and mentors with detailed questions to ensure appropriate matching of mentoring pairs. All participants will be advised of their application progress by mid January 2018.

Members can apply as a mentor/mentee pair, provided it is not an existing employer/employee relationship. This program is not designed to assist mentees with employment opportunities; it is a program to aid the mentee in their professional development. In the event a mentee is employed at their mentor’s organisation, the pair will be reassigned.

All current mentors and mentees may agree to continue in their mentor/mentee partnerships and they do not have to reapply for the 2018 program. If a current mentor and mentee wish to continue they can do so by emailing katherine.purcell@adansw.com.au so we can ensure that you are invited to events and receive resources etc.


Program Timeline:

  • Online registration available to members opens 22 September 2017
  • Registrations close 11 December 2017
  • Successful mentors and mentees will be notified mid to late January 2018
  •  Induction workshop: All participants must attend a compulsory workshop to be held at ADA NSW on Sunday 25 February 2018, 10am – 2.30pm. 
  • Mentoring meetings: during the program, mentors and mentees should hold regular meetings, the format of which can be decided by the mentoring pairs e.g. face to face, telephone, email, Skype etc.
  • Mid-year review: August 2018
  • End of 2018 program review: February 2019