About the Program

We welcome you to be a part of the IAHA Mentoring Program, a comprehensive and holistic package designed to support your personal and professional journey.

The IAHA Mentoring Program is comprised of:

  • a series of webinar videos
  • a comprehensive workbook containing a self-paced learning program
  • a mentoring agreement, which will be created and agreed upon by both mentoring partners and sent to IAHA so that we can know how best to support you
  • ongoing support from the IAHA secretariat

Mentoring is an alliance or a mutually beneficial relationship between two or more people that can provide additional support and guidance in your journey or ongoing professional development. Mentoring is a learning and empowerment tool rather than a teaching method.

The mentoring process assists individuals to reflect on their own experience and make informed decisions to solve problems and achieve their goals. Mentoring can value add and complement the support and assistance you may already receive.

Webinar Series

The following webinar videos have been developed to assist you in starting and moving forward in your mentoring journey. They are designed to help you and your mentor/mentee make the most of your mentoring partnership.




Should you decide to enter into a mentoring partnership, the links to the second and third webinars will be sent to you by IAHA staff as you progress through your mentoring journey.

Apply to be a mentor

Why become a mentor?

People often say that they become mentors to give something back or contribute. We all have our reason for wanting to become a mentor. A mentoring relationship enables you to:

  • strengthen the lessons you’ve already learned
  • develop new strengths
  • empower someone else to see your strengths
  • check assumptions (yours and theirs)
  • clarify misunderstandings (yours and theirs)
  • work with people from different contexts and backgrounds
  • practise offering positive and constructive feedback
  • increase your personal and professional networks
  • generate workable solutions together in a mutually respectful way
  • motivate, advise and support whilst empowering someone to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their actions and development

Learn more about Mentor Training here.


Apply to be a mentor

Why have a mentor?

Mentors can

  • be an impartial observer and sounding board
  • contribute viewpoints, advice, and information from their knowledge, experience and expertise
  • support you to achieve your goals
  • assist you in refining your ideas and putting them into practice
  • have contacts that will increase your personal and professional networks
  • provide accountability
  • ask you questions that you may never ask yourself
  • see strengths and qualities in you that you haven’t noticed
  • work with you to generate workable solutions in a mutually respectful way

If you are a full or associate member of IAHA, you can be a mentee.

Apply to be a mentee See our mentor register
IAHA Mentoring Workbook
“The mentoring program is an excellent idea! It has provided a space to capacity build my knowledge and skills with cultural integrity. The staff and mentors acknowledge the two-way learning process that naturally comes as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and shares this with our partnerships. Being a mentee creates a process of ‘student learning’ again but with the real-life responsibility towards improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. My exposure to influential people has increased my thirst for more knowledge and one day being a mentor for others. IAHA is about culture, humility and strength-based approaches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our families and our culture.”

IAHA Associate member, Madeleine Bower – Katherine, NT