Extended Closing Date – Bob Fenwick Memorial Mentoring Grants Program

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The closing date has been extended to – Friday 16th December 2011.

We are seeking expressions of interest from mental health nurses who wish to further their professional and career goals by undertaking an innovative work experience program under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

Any mental health nurse who believes they or their service may benefit from the experience is welcome to apply.

If you know any mental health nurses who may benefit from this exciting initiative, please encourage them to apply before this final closing date.

Priority will be given to mental health nurses with less than 2 years experience who currently work in public mental health services in rural or remote locations in NSW.

The program offers for up to 20 successful applicants the opportunity to:

  • Work with a mentor in an LHD other than their own for up to 5 consecutive days to pursue employment and career goals, e.g. within an inpatient mental health unit, a community-based service, Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People or an Emergency Department
  • Have their air/rail transport, accommodation, meals and local travel expenses paid
  • Have their position back-filled up to a total of $1500 (paid directly to the employing LHD) (The hosting LHD will also receive a small contribution to assist with the mentoring costs).

The program was developed in recognition of Mr Bob Fenwick’s long service to mental health nursing and the important role he played in mentoring less-experienced mental health nurses. Mr Fenwick was tragically killed in a work-related incident at Bloomfield Hospital, Orange NSW, in January 2011.

The application information can be downloaded from the NSW Nurses Association website or via this link.

The Mentee Information Booklet and the Mentee Expression of Interest Form can also be accessed via the following links:

Mentee Information Booklet 2011 (166kb)
Mentee Expression of Interest Form 2011 (263kb)

If you require more information or need assistance with the Expression of Interest form, please don’t hesitate to contact the Program Manager Marc Hopkins or Mary McLeod on: Metro: (02) 8595 1234; Rural: 1300 367 962, or via email mhmgrant@nswnurses.asn.au

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