A qualitative evaluation of an Australian public health nutrition workforce development intervention involving mentoring circles

Claire Palermo, Roger Hughes, Louise McCall

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Objective To evaluate a mentoring circle workforce development intervention among a group of public health nutrition novices.Design The mentoring circle intervention focused on facilitating practice-based public health nutrition competence development and supporting reorientation of practice from clinical services to preventive services. A retrospective post-intervention qualitative semi-structured interview was used to explore the experiences of those participating in the mentoring circle and to make evaluative judgements about intervention attributes and effectiveness.Setting Victoria, Australia.Subjects Thirty-two novice public health nutrition practitioners employed in the state public health system.Results Key evaluative theme categories relating to the mentoring circle intervention were identified, including the structure and function of the group, the utility of using advanced-level competency items to guide planning, having a safe and supportive environment for learning and the utility of learning via mentoring and on-the-job experiences. These qualitative evaluation data identify the attributes of the mentoring circle intervention contributing to intervention effectiveness.Conclusions This qualitative evaluation indicates that mentoring circles can be an effective workforce capacity-building intervention, particularly in novice workforces characterised by professional isolation and split function roles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1458-1465
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Health Manpower
Public Health
Learning
Public Health Practice
Capacity Building
Group Structure
Victoria
Mentoring
Mental Competency
Interviews

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