NPS MedicineWise, in collaboration with the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, is running a pilot Consumer Mentoring Program. The program aims to build the capacity and diversity of consumer representatives within the quality use of medicines sector.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is defined as “a mutually beneficial relationship which involves a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to identify and achieve their goals”.
A Mentor provides support, knowledge, encouragement, guidance and constructive feedback and acts as a sounding board, to the mentee by developing a genuine interest in the growth of their abilities and talents.
A Mentee actively seeks supports and leads the process by establishing goals and/or bringing scenarios to the mentoring relationship.
What is the Consumer Mentoring Program
The Consumer Mentoring Program will provide support to new and less experienced consumer representatives to build their capacity to participate in one of NPS MedicineWise’s Advisory Groups.
The program will take up to 4 pairs of mentors and mentees and will be implemented over one year in 2021.
Each mentee will be paid sitting fees for joining each advisory group. Each mentor will be paid $350 for the year.
Why get involved?
Mentees: The program is actively seeking to build the capacity and diversity of new and less experienced consumer representatives who may already be involved with your organisation, or who want to get involved in advocacy.
Mentors: It is also a chance for experienced advocates to provide mentoring support and guidance, and share their knowledge in a supported, formal program.
How can you get involved?
If you would like to apply, please contact Penelope Bergen, Policy Officer, Quality Use of Medicines at CHF on P.Bergen@CHF.org.au