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ADAPTS Mentoring Program


2018 Program Registration open now

The registration for the 2018 program will open on 22 September 2017 and will close on 11 December 2017.   There will be a separate online application form for mentees and mentors with detailed questions to assist with appropriate matching of mentoring pairs. All participants will be advised of their application progress by mid to late 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 so we can ensure that you are invited to events and receive resources etc.


Apply to become a Mentoror  Apply to become a Mentee

“The ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ embody the proverbial principle, ‘see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.’ With the ADA Mentoring Program 2017 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 2018 Program!” Mentor Sep 17
“I am looking at dentistry differently, approaching every patient with care and attention and that is making me really enjoy what I do more.  Also I 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 Aug 17
“From my involvement in the ADAPTS program so far, I have:
1. Enhanced my communication & leadership skills.
2. Obtained an insight of what problems the new graduates are facing currently, so that I can help them.
3. Obtained an insight of what the new graduates have been taught at different universities.

4. Found it to be a great opportunity to update myself with the latest thinking & advancement in dentistry.” Mentor Aug 17



2018 Program Timeline

  • Registration opens: 22 September 2017
  • Registration closes: 11 December 2017, successful participants will be notified by mid to late January 2018.
  • Induction workshop:  All participants MUST attend a compulsory induction workshop to be held at ADA NSW, on Sunday 18 February, 2018 from 10am – 2.30pm  
  • 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:  August 2018
  • End of Program Review:  February 2019

2017 Program

The 2017 Australian Dental Association NSW Professional Support Program (ADAPTS) commenced on 19 February 2017.   85 of our members are participating in the 2017 Mentoring Program. 49 mentees, of which 8 were part of 2016 pilot program and 36 mentors, of which 11 were part of the 2016 pilot program.  This has doubled the direct engagement of experienced dentists with younger dentists from the 2016 pilot program.  We wish to thank the generosity of our Mentors, many who are 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

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 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 had been successful with 19 pairs participating, the feedback from many of the 2016 participants had 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 on line via click on Mentoring.  If you have any questions regarding the program, contact Katherine Purcell via