The Early-career development mentoring scheme is currently on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. Visit otago.ac.nz/coronavirus for ongoing updates.
For Australian or New Zealand physiotherapists in their first two years of clinical practice
As a new graduate, you face many challenges in establishing your professional career. Your first two years of clinical practice are particularly challenging, as you:
- Negotiate a blossoming career
- Learn to trust your judgement, adapting to be an autonomous health professional
It’s a time of high stress, insecurity, and burnout.
The early-career development mentoring scheme aims to help bridge the gap by:
- Offering support and guidance in an impartial and non-confrontational small-group environment
- Fostering lasting and mutually-beneficial relationships that will enable you to progress throughout your career
The course promotes your professional growth via facilitated mentoring sessions, in combination with a facilitated peer support network, and guidance to establish your own clinical mentors.
The course provides 24 hours of CPD.
- Enhance your self-knowledge, confidence, and professional identity
- Learn from your peers by sharing new knowledge and experiences
- Have thought-provoking conversations and think outside the square (for example, understanding ethical practice and difficult decision-making)
- Find friendship and develop collegial relationships
- Network with senior colleagues and peers
- Solve problems and discuss your successes in a positive, supportive environment
- Improve your career strategies with career guidance and goal setting:
- Where do you want to be in 10 years’ time?
- How will you get there?
- What are your areas for personal growth?
- Eight 1‑hour sessions
- Self-driven peer support
- Clinical mentoring components
The minimum requirements are six 1‑hour sessions, engagement with peer support, and four clinical mentoring sessions.
Choose from three convenient locations:
- Online (via Zoom videoconferencing)
- Christchurch School of Physiotherapy Clinic in central Christchurch
- Dunedin School of Physiotherapy Clinics in central Dunedin
The course runs over the academic year (dates are not yet finalised).
Contact Dr Olivia Stone to learn more about the course:
How to apply
Your confirmation and payment advice will be sent on admittance to the course. However, as this point the Early-career development mentoring scheme is currently on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.