The Health Research Mentoring Scheme

The Health Research Mentoring Scheme pairs PhD candidates (mentees) with research staff (mentors). The scheme offers candidates the opportunity to pause, reflect and discuss their studies and where they want their PhD to take them. It assists them to consider the potential options for the future and how to pursue different pathways. This is a voluntary scheme and is open to anyone at any stage of their PhD. 

The benefits

The scheme gives participants the opportunity to gain a different perspective on PhD-related matters from someone other than their supervisory team; often that distance can result in alternative suggestions and solutions. Your mentor is an 'interested supporter' rather than a contributor to your PhD supervision. This relationship would be confidential and non-judgemental in nature, with all mentors receiving training so that they are prepared to support you.

Mentee feedback from the Mentoring Scheme 

"Having someone outside (my) supervisory team to talk to about my strengths, weaknesses, and fears and where I see myself post PhD. This gave me a chance to assess what was working and not working regarding my PhD and what I could do to make the best of this experience."

"I see it mainly as a way to get info about how the PhD fits into a career and life in general. I have no need to ‘vent’ to anyone about my PhD ‘troubles’ but chatting to people who have navigated post-PhD life is useful."

"I found the experience very useful, we discussed a number of topics and came up with goals to work towards. We worked out a lot of concerns I had at the time, and I’ve been using that structure to have conversations with other mentors in my life."

What to expect

The time commitment for the Health Research Mentoring Scheme is not substantial. Mentees are expected to meet up with their mentor for an informal chat approximately three times a year (coffee expenses are covered by the Scheme). 

The mentors/mentees will be matched up to ensure they are not in the same field of study.

 

Get involved

Please register your interest by sending an email. 

HSC-HealthResearch@unisa.edu.au

 


The mentors

The University has specially trained researchers who act as mentors. Information about our PhD mentors can be found below.

Associate Professor Saravana Kumar

Program Director: Health Sciences UniSA Allied Health and Human Performance

CITY EAST CAMPUS

Associate Professor Carol Maher

Associate Professor UniSA Allied Health and Human Performance

CITY EAST CAMPUS

Dr Craig Phillips

Lecturer in Nursing UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences

CITY EAST CAMPUS

 Associate Professor Sally Plush

Associate Professor Bioinorganic Chemistry UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences

CITY EAST CAMPUS

Dr Stephanie Reuter Lange

Senior Lecturer UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences

CITY EAST CAMPUS

Associate Professor Anton Blencowe

Associate Professor of Applied Chemistry UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences

CITY EAST CAMPUS

Dr Jocelyn Kernot

Lecturer UniSA Allied Health and Human Performance

CITY EAST CAMPUS


 Dr Emma Parkinson-Lawrence

Program Director: Medical Sciences UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences

CITY EAST CAMPUS

Get involved

To register your interest, please send an email to HSC-HealthResearch@unisa.edu.au