Faculty of Health

Course Mentors

School of Health Sciences Course Mentor Program

Aims of the Mentor Program

  • A student's experiences in the first weeks of university can influence their chance of success.
  • For some it can be a real culture shock that leaves them feeling isolated and alienated (remember your first week!).
  • As a new student it is often easier to approach another student rather than a staff member.
  • That's where mentors come into the picture…

Some benefits of being a Mentor

  • Develop skills that can be used in future employment including communication skills, problem solving
  • Opportunity to help peers and demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Increased self-confidence and ability to work with and manage people.
  • Recognition and closer liaison with university staff, particularly in the School of Health Sciences.

A Mentor is someone who:

  • Has been a first year student and has a personal understanding of the issues new students face.
  • Has good interpersonal skills and enjoys interacting with people.
  • Can guide new students through the maze of beginning university and help them to find the resources they need.
  • Can answer questions or refer students to people who do have the answers.
  • Can encourage new students to gain confidence and self-reliance.

A Mentor does not:

  • Write essays or do course work.
  • Do counselling.
  • Need to be available at all times.
  • Have all the answers.

What does being a Mentor involve?

  • 2-3 hour training session in February.
  • Assisting with the School/Faculty Orientation programme.
  • Activities with first year students during the first few weeks of semester as organised by the school mentor coordinator.  These may involve individual students or groups.
  • Certificates will be presented to all Mentors who successfully complete the training and participate in the Scheme.

How do I become a Mentor?

  • Express your interest and complete the Form below
  • Successfully complete a training session at your campus in February to prepare you for being a Mentor (you will be advised of training dates).
  • During and following training, your mentor coordinator will discuss with you, your role in the scheme.

* Student ID   
* First Name   
* Last Name   
* Email Address   
* Contact Phone Number   
* Course   
* Campus   
* First Year Units Completed   

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School of Health Sciences Mentor Coordinator

Tracy Douglas
Phone: (03) 6324 5481
Room C103, School of Health Sciences