Non-HDR Student Supervision - Anastasia Morahan

  • Bishop, J. (Supervisor)
  • Jaclyn Szkwara (Supervisor)

Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesNon-HDR Student Supervision


A147 - A review of students well-being: The role of near-peers/peering in mentoring

Additional information

The Bond-Medical Program has an e-mentoring program for commencing students for a period of one semester. Mentoring is often described as a positive, supportive relationship encouraging the mentee to develop to their fullest potential. A near-peer is a senior student who has experience in the current journey the peer is traversing and can give first-hand insight and advice. This can be a personalised guidance on the transition to University, alleviating concerns with the empathy that can be provided by someone who’s “been there”. Considered benefits may be around increased access and communication that may not have occurred organically, recency and similar experience, approachability, increased self-esteem, and motivation, learning more around extra-curricular opportunities, emotional support, broad expertise and increased foresight.

To conduct a review of the literature on peer and near-peer mentoring in medical training.
Outcomes from this review will inform the initiation of a long-term, evidence-based strategy and set of actions/recommendations that can be implemented within the Medical Program, Faculty, and Bond University. Data collected will be used to develop, adapt, implement, and evaluate programs to improve the wellbeing of Bond University students in the future. Our overarching, long-term goal is to create a psychologically and physically safe environment for our students as they transition into University for their study.

Scoping or integrative review approach.

Students will be required to:

• attend a systematic review workshop;
• develop a review protocol under the supervision of the supervisor;
• conduct literature searches using OVID MEDLINE, EMBASE, Google Scholar, and PubMed databases etc. with the help of a librarian;
• assess eligibility of articles with the supervisor;
• review and critique the full-text review of selected articles with the supervisor;
• extract data from selected studies using a standardised extraction template under the supervision of the supervisor;
• conduct data analysis with the help of the supervisor; and assist with the writing of a peer-review paper for publication.

Students should have:

• an interest in the subject topic;
• an ability to work diligently and independently with support from the supervisor;
• good organisation and writing skills; and self-discipline to meet dateline for tasks.