COVID-19: Information for participants


The University is taking increasing measures to support and protect the community, in line with government and health authority advice. Participating and maintaining your mentoring relationship is a great way to stay connected to your field, our alumni experts, and continue to work towards your career goals outside of the classroom. You can continue these conversations virtually using a range of tools.

As a temporary measure, please convert any MDHS Mentoring Program upcoming meetings to online meetings – consider that many mentors may prefer it, or their employer may have requested it, given the current global situation. There are many products (e.g. Skype or FaceTime) available that may work for you and your mentor - the University makes Zoom available for students. Your wellbeing and that of the broader community remains our prime concern.

Alumni Mentors

We are clear about our responsibility to do everything that we can to reduce rates of infection in the community. The University is continuing to follow advice from the state and federal governments and has taken a range of measures to increase social distancing, including changes to the format of face-to-face teaching and research and the cancellation of events and other group activities on campus. For full details of the University’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit our dedicated information page.

Your health and wellbeing are of paramount importance to the University. We therefore ask all mentors to undertake the appropriate precaution when scheduling meetings with students. It is our recommendation that where possible you consider hosting your face-to-face meetings with students online instead using web conferencing software such as Skype and Zoom.

Don’t forget, this is also a hugely disruptive time for our students. Many students may have recently had their on-campus lectures cancelled for the immediate future and may be relying on online communications to continue their studies. Some may not even have set foot on campus. If your student has questions or requires additional support, please direct them to our dedicated student page or encourage them to contact Stop 1.

We also understand that your commitment to this program may be affected by the current situation. Please let the MDHS Mentoring Team know if you have any concerns.

For more information

MDHS Mentoring Team 

+61 3 9035 7869

Support our future health leaders

Navigating through the final years of university and into the early stages of a professional career can be a challenge. The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) Mentoring Program connects students and alumni to help prepare students for the future.

After successfully piloting the mentoring program in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and the Melbourne Dental School, we are pleased to expand the program across the faculty and offer opportunities to Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Oral Health, Physiotherapy, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work and Speech Pathology students.

The MDHS mentoring program is an 8-month commitment that includes online video information sessions as well as face-to-face meetings and organised networking events. Mentors and students will be matched according to study area or degree, as well as interests, experience and preferences for meeting arrangements.

The program connects final year students with an experienced graduate of their chosen study area. The one-to-one mentoring structure fosters relationships between experienced practitioners and students and offers the opportunity to discuss career aspirations and concerns whilst gaining advice and guidance to help prepare students for the transition from university to the workplace.

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed. Applications for the 2021 program will open in January 2021.