For mentors

Do you remember studying dentistry and wondering what it was going to be like in the real world? There are students at Melbourne Dental School right now with exactly the same questions. Can you help them?


If you are interested in joining the program in 2020, please email your expression of interest to

The 2019 Melbourne Dental School Mentoring Program will involve a group of former students of the Melbourne Dental School who are paired in a mentoring relationship with current students in the final year of a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Bachelor of Oral Health.

Students participating in the program will gain exposure to work and learning experiences in practice, increase professional networks, and identify and develop a career strategy post-study. The program also provides mentors with the opportunity to enhance coaching and leadership skills and connect with the next generation of graduates.

  • What might I expect to gain from joining the mentoring program?
    • Develop a fresh perspective on your career
    • Extend your professional network
    • Help to shape the future of your profession and community
    • Connect with the next generation of graduates
    • Support your mentee to identify and achieve their career goals and develop in confidence
    • Participation in workshops contribute to CPD hours
    • Reconnect or develop closer links with the University of Melbourne, ranked #1 in Australia
  • When does the program run?

    The timeline for the program is as follows:

    • January – Recruitment of mentors and mentees
    • February - Initial on-campus (Parkville) training workshops for both mentors and mentees
    • February - November: Monthly face-to-face meetings between mentors and mentees
    • August: Mid program check-in teleconference for mentors and mentees
    • November: On-campus end of year review and celebrations
  • What are the attributes of a good mentor?

    A mentor is someone who is:

    • Willing and eager to listen
    • Enthusiastic and yet honest
    • Open to learning and self-reflection
    • Happy to share experiences, both positive and negative
    • Supports and listens rather than coaching or lecturing
  • What is required of a mentor?

    To be eligible to become a mentor you need to:

    • Have graduated as either a dentist or an oral health therapist from the Melbourne Dental School
    • Be currently working clinically in dental profession (either public and/or private) and preferably in a general dental environment as opposed to specialist practice
    • Commit to at least monthly face-to-face meetings with your mentee between February and November 2019
    • Attend two training/networking sessions, one at the start and the other at the completion of the program (for which CPD credits will be available)
    • Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct at all times
  • What is the time commitment?

    Mentors and mentees are expected to have regular meetings (at least monthly) for a duration of ten months, between February and November. The exact nature and frequency of these meetings can be determined between the mentor and mentee and may include clinical observation and learning, informal meetings over coffee, attending a public lecture together, and much more. Mentors are also required to attend an on-campus initial training workshop in February, a mid-program check-in in June, and an end of year review and celebration workshop in November.

  • How will I be matched with a student? 

    We will match you with a student based upon commonality in your applications. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed.

  • Can I choose a student?

    No, we will match you with a mentee taking into consideration the preferences and interests you have provided on your application form. Best efforts will be made to fulfil your preferences but not all preferences can be guaranteed

  • Where will I meet my mentee?

    The scheduling of mentor/mentee meetings are the responsibility of the mentee and need to be scheduled at a location and time suitable for both parties. However, it is preferable that mentees work around the mentor’s schedule. Please note, there is no requirement for mentors to meet mentees on campus.

  • If my application is unsuccessful, can I apply to be a mentor in subsequent years?

    Yes. Places in this program are restricted to those that are eligible to apply, and to those that are compatible with the available mentees. Unfortunately, not all applications will be successful. We are happy to discuss your suitability for the program with you in person.

  • Contact us

    For further information, please contact the MDHS Alumni Relations Team on 9035 7869 or via email