TROPHI is a collaboration that bridges the gap between research and healthcare delivery, bringing primary care research to life. The aim is to empower local healthcare providers to deliver quality care that is informed and backed by evidence, leading to improved patient outcomes and a healthier future for our region.
This is a twelve-month mentoring program based on best practice principles for successful mentoring, which involves one on one mentoring each month across the year, guided by a personalised mentoring plan. The objectives of the program are to:
- Increase the health research literacy and education skills of GPs, general practice staff, primary health workers in the in the outer eastern Melbourne regions of Knox, Maroondah, and Yarra Ranges.
- Build enthusiasm and passion for improving general practice patient outcomes through research translation.
Roles and responsibilities for being a TROPHI mentor
By nominating to be a TROPHI mentor, you are committing to:
- Undergo mentor training (in the instance you have not already undertaken previous training)
- Provide TROPHI with details to set up a mentor profile
- Follow the TROPHI mentoring process
- Agree to be contacted by TROPHI when we are looking to match potential mentees
- Participate in an evaluation of the program by providing feedback
- Contact TROPHI Project manager if you need additional support or resources
Your involvement in the mentoring process is flexible and you will be approached by the TROPHI Project Manager when a preliminary match has been made for you with a potential mentee. You can accept or decline the mentoring opportunity if there is a perceived conflict, or capacity issues. You will be matched with a mentee for a 12-month period.
It would be expected that you would connect a minimum of 12 times across the year, initially developing a plan for the mentoring and working through this plan over the 12 months. We anticipate that each mentee would take approximately 15 hours of your time. This would include 12 x mentoring sessions and brief check-in opportunities and emails. In recognition of the time spent in training and mentoring, you will be awarded a one-off payment of $500 to thank you for your commitment to improving practice through research translation.
What is the process?
The mentoring program would involve:
- Registration of interest in mentoring
- Matching mentor and mentee
- 12 x mentoring sessions (up to 1 hour each)
- Follow up emails with relevant resources
- Participation in evaluation
To be a mentor we require:
- A primary healthcare professional with experience in research and or research translation/ practice quality improvement
- An individual able to commit to mentor a minimum number of 1 mentee
An individual who understands and demonstrates the following qualities associated with effective mentoring:
- The ability to establish rapport and trust
- Listening and being able to encourage the mentee to outline their needs from the career-based mentoring process and holding focus on the mentee's agenda
- Communication skills and being able to define and communicate an agreed understanding of the purpose of the mentoring and the desired outcomes
- The ability to respectfully adhere to professional boundaries
- The ability to challenge mentees thinking in an encouraging manner
- Willingness to share your own experiences and excitement for your career
- Being aware of available resources and supports for the mentees
- Knowing when to seek help as a mentor
The applications will be managed via email applications and should include a photo and responses to the Mentor profile questions and be sent to:
firstname.lastname@example.org attn. Elizabeth Kennedy Project Manager
Download the profile questions here.Profile questions