ADAQ Mentoring Program

ADAQ is committed to supporting YOU in your profession.

One of the ways we can support Dentists is by delivering a structured mentoring program, that connects individuals and provides an opportunity to share their knowledge and learnings from their career. 

The 2020 ADAQ E-Mentoring Pilot Program will see 20 mentees matched with 20 mentors to support early-career Dentists in developing the expertise, confidence, resilience and experience they need to deliver high-quality oral health to the community. 

The program will also provide a platform for our more experienced Members to engage and give back the profession.

A mentoring relationship is a powerful development experience that is aimed to support the mentee, but it is also likely to have personal and professional benefits for both parties. 

The E-Mentoring program is proudly sponsored by BOQ Specialist.


What is Mentoring? 

mentor: (noun) an experienced and trusted adviser

Mentorship is a developmental relationship in which one person, usually more experienced or senior, takes time to assist the career, professional or personal development of someone else, who is known as a mentee.

A mentoring relationship is one that is built on trust, in which there is an exchange of knowledge, experience and goodwill.

Some examples of what mentors MAY assist with:

  • Act as a source of information and insight
  • Suggest relevant options regarding career development or strategies for achieving professional goals
  • Recommend possible resources to improve specific skills
  • Help the mentee solve professional challenges in their working life
  • Discuss issues of professional ethics skills
  • Discuss workplace related issues and options for how these may be addressed

This program is not about the mentor finding a job for the mentee.

Benefits of the program

For Mentees:

  • Experienced guidance and support in the profession
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • Receiving feedback and developmental guidance
  • Identifying professional growth and career planning

For Mentors:

  • Contribute back to the profession
  • Stay abreast of emerging issues relevant to the profession
  • Further development of mentoring skills such as listening, asking questions, guiding, providing feedback, communication and interpersonal skills

Key Dates

Applications open 16th March 2020

Applications close 10th April 2020

Who is eligible for the E-Mentoring program?

To join as a mentee, you must meet the following criteria:

  • New graduate (0-5 years post-graduation from an Australian University)
  • Financial Member of ADAQ
  • Registered to work in Australia
  • Currently employed full-time or part-time in Queensland
  • Willing to participate virtually

Successful mentee's will be required to pay a $50 fee to secure their place in the program.

To join as a mentor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant work experience as a Dentist in Queensland (6-10 years post-graduation)
  • Financial Member of ADAQ
  • Registered to work in Australia
  • Currently employed full-time or part-time in Queensland
  • Willing to participate virtually

Mentors are volunteers and therefore pay no fees.

Whats involved?

The ADAQ E-Mentoring Program is a 7-month program commencing in March 2020.

Mentors and mentees will be matched according to application details and are encouraged to attend three events - Program Launch, Mid-Program Review and Program Close – all of which will be delivered via Webinars.

During the program, mentors and mentees will be expected to be in contact at least monthly.

Mentees and first-time mentors will also be expected to complete Art of Mentoring program training online to prepare them for their mentoring relationship. Acceptance into the program is conditional upon your commitment to completion of the training.

During the program, you will receive frequent communications from ADAQ, giving you helpful tips and information about mentoring and access to other relevant materials available for supporting mentees.

During and at the end of the program you will be invited to provide feedback to ADAQ about your experience.

Program Materials

Once you apply and are matched, all the materials you need will be available for you online. If you have materials you would like to share with others, you can also post these up.

The online program administration platform will allow you to communicate with the program coordinators and access resources.

How does it work?

Mentees and mentors will be required to complete an application form to assess their eligibility for the program against a set of criteria. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to their application details, experience and goals.

Members who are not successfully matched will be able to participate in future programs.

Frequently asked questions

1. How long will the mentor program run for? 

The pilot mentor program will run for approximately 7 months from 4 May to 14 December 2020.

2. Are there costs involved? 

Mentors are volunteers and pay no fees.

Mentees pay $50 including GST.

3. How many people can participate in the pilot program? 

A maximum of 20 mentees matched with 20 mentors. So, hurry if you want to take part!

4. Why do you need me to provide so much information on my application form? 

The information you provide will help us ‘match’ the right mentee with the right mentor, based on experience, skills and what you both want to achieve from the pilot program.

5. When will I know if I’ve been successful, and if so, who I’ve been matched with? 

Once you have uploaded your profile, we will contact you to confirm whether you’ve been accepted into the program and who has been selected as your mentoring partner.

You will hear from us by the middle of April.

6. What will I have to do if my application is successful? 

If your application is successful, you will be asked to complete a one-hour online training. The training will help provide you with the knowledge and skills to have a successful mentoring relationship.

You will also be encouraged to attend the following:

    1. Program Launch webinar – 6 May 2020 - 12pm - 1pm

    2. Progress Review webinar – 25 August 2020 - 12pm - 1pm

    3. Program Close webinar– 18 November 2020 - 12pm - 1pm

It will be up to each mentee/mentor pair to establish their own timetables for their one-on-one meetings, which should probably take place at least monthly throughout the program.

7. Will discussions between mentees and mentors be confidential? 

Absolutely! Great mentee/mentor relationships are based first and foremost on trust. Your participation in the program is confidential and you will agree with your partner how you will handle confidentiality between each other.

What if I am not selected?

The 2020 Pilot program is only available to 20 mentees.

We will endeavor to match all mentees that apply, provided that we have a suitable mentor. Some mentors may not be matched if their expertise/ experience is not suitable for any applicants. If we don’t have a suitable match for a mentor, we won’t pair you for the sake of putting you in the program.

For more information

Contact the ADAQ E-Mentoring Program Manager, Annie Corless 07 3252 9866 or