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ADAPTS Mentoring Program


2019 Program 


The 2019 ADA (NSW) Professional Transitional Support (ADAPTS) Mentoring program continues throughout the remainder of 2019. A very successful mid-year event was conducted in July with Mentors and Mentees gathering for both talks and conviviality.

The program officially concludes in February 2020. A new program then opens in April (see below). Members are encouraged to watch our website and our NSW Dentist magazine for details of our next ADAPTS Mentoring program.  

2020 Program Timeline - 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

While the 2019 Program continues, we are already planning for the 2020 Program.  
  • Registration opens: April 2020
  • Registration closes: End of April 2020 with successful participants being notified by the end of May 2020
  • Induction workshop: All participants will be required to attend a compulsory induction workshop to be held at ADA NSW in June 2020 (Date to be confirmed)  
  • Mentoring meetings: During the program mentors and mentees should hold regular meetings and the format of these can be decided by the mentoring pairs (e.g. face-to-face, telephone, email, Skype etc)
  • Mid-year review: November 2020.  



“The ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ embody the proverbial principle, ‘see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.’ With the ADA Mentoring Program being such a success for us so far, I say ‘See for yourself, hear how good it is and spread the good news about the ADA Mentoring Program!  Consider participating in the Program!” Mentor
“I am looking at dentistry differently, approaching every patient with care and attention and that is making me really enjoy what I do more.  I also feel more at ease with my treatment instead of wondering whether what I’m doing is wrong or right.  I’m truly thankful to have the mentor I have, he is simply the absolute best. It is refreshing to see someone so passionate about their career even after so many years of practice.” Mentee

About the Program

The Australian Dental Association (NSW) Professional Transitional Support Program (ADAPTS) 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 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 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.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the program, contact:
Phil Breen via Phil.Breen@adansw.com.au