Tri-Peaks mentoring program for board members of health and community services

Would you like:

  • An opportunity to reflect on challenges and achievements in your role as a Board member of a health or community service organisation?
  • Personal and professional development gained from problem solving and constructive guidance?

Tri-Peaks is a collaborative project of The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the Victorian Healthcare Association and the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Tri-Peaks collaboration is offering a structured virtual mentoring program delivered via the platform of mentoring experts The Art of Mentoring, for a limited number of Board members.

The program will commence October 2020 and run for 12 months.


Tri-Peaks is inviting expressions of interest from Board directors and Board Chairs in the Victorian public and community health sectors, the Victorian child and family welfare sector, and the Victorian alcohol and other drugs sector who:

  • want to improve their skills in leadership and governance
  • would like a confidential sounding board to refer to on a range of subject matter regarding their leadership role
  • have special challenges they wish to overcome in their current role
  • are seeking guidance from a more experienced Board member
  • can commit to the mentoring process


Mentors with significant Board experience and a commitment to building the governance capacity of the health and community sectors will be drawn from Victorian health and community services.

About the program

The program is a structured, mentee-driven program where mentors and mentees agree to meet monthly for 60-90 minute mentoring meetings. The program is supported by an evidence-based web platform that provides tools and resources to ensure a high quality and outcomes-driven mentoring experience for mentors and mentees.

A purpose-built algorithm uses profile information provided by mentees and mentors to identify optimum mentor/mentee relationships.

Due to the current COVID-19 environment, mentoring meetings are a mix of telephone, skype/zoom or online conferencing using whichever platforms are agreed upon by the mentor and mentee.

All participants are expected to complete the online training provided by Art of Mentoring. The training consists of five modules which will prepare and equip participants for the program. The training is self-paced and is estimated to take one to two hours to complete.

Benefits of mentor programs

For mentees:

  • Better understanding of role and responsibilities
  • Improved perspective and confidence
  • Enhanced skills
  • Improved professional satisfaction
  • Improved knowledge

For mentors:

  • Improved leadership skills
  • Increase in professional identity and visibility
  • Improved perspective and confidence
  • Refreshes knowledge
  • Satisfaction from contributing to the success of others


There is no cost to participants invited to take part in the program.
Places are limited.

How to apply

Please register your interest by Friday 4 September 2020 here.

We are interested in hearing from experienced Board members with an interest in helping to build the capacity of Victorian health and community service Boards.

Please register your interest by Friday 4 September 2020 here.

Enquiries: Kerryn Garner, Project Officer, Victorian Healthcare Association.

What do past participants have to say?

“Open engagement and welcoming Mentor who challenged in a very positive and proactive style. It was great to have a really high achiever who has been a leader for many years who has been able to provide advice and learnings.”

“My Mentor was always available – and extended my thinking. Appreciated and used her networks to assist me with difficult issues. Mentor was always forthcoming with ideas, support and challenges.”

“I think that the Program has been beneficial for the Mentee and myself.”

“Experience and knowledge of the broad issues and topics is really important, and my Mentor was always able to provide value. One of the benefits of the program was creating a new connection that I hope will continue at some level outside the formal program.”