Community Mentoring Research Program

Would you like to conduct research in your service but don’t know how?
Would you like support with your research?
Would you like to develop new research skills?

The Community Research Mentoring Project provides members of MHCC or NADA with mentoring in order to foster a research culture and to enable staff to answer questions about impact, outcomes and research processes.

The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) invites applications for short-term mentoring to link you with an academic who has expertise in the area related to your research ideas.

Examples of Previous Mentoring Projects / Topics

  • Guidance on how to conduct a literature search
  • Advice regarding the sort of procedures and measures to include in an evaluation of a service
  • Statistical advice to assist with the analysis of data collected by a service
  • Advice regarding the development and set up of a qualitative study to be conducted within a service
Applicants must:
  • be based in NSW
  • be working for an organisation that is a current member of either MHCC and/or NADA
  • demonstrate evidence of organisational support and capacity, including manager (or equivalent) sign-off

Although applicants do not need to have identified a specific research project, they should at least have a research concept in mind and research-skills that they have identified to enhance or a topic they would like to develop over the course of the mentoring program.

See INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS for more information

How to Apply: Submit the APPLICATION FORM to the CMHDARN Coordinator at

If you have any questions, please contact: Jo Penhallurick – CMHDARN Coordinator at

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The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) is a collaborative project between Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the Mental Health Commission of NSW.