Mentorship Program

Do you support organisations to supply healthier foods and drinks?

Are you leading healthy eating changes in your school or workplace?

If so, you might be eligible to join our free Mentorship Program!

The Mentorship Program will give you the skills and knowledge to promote healthy eating in your organisation, or others that you work with, such as:

  • schools
  • hospitals and health services
  • sport and recreation centres
  • universities and TAFEs
  • workplaces
  • other large organisations with foods supplied on site.
     

You will learn how to support these organisations to implement the guidelines which outline how to provide and promote healthier food and drinks in:

    • school canteens, fundraising and events
    • retail food outlets, such as cafés and kiosks
    • catering
    • vending machines
       

    And you’ll join a network of like-minded professionals who are doing similar work in similar organisations around Victoria.

     

    "The Mentorship Program significantly increased my knowledge and confidence to assist our cafe to meet the Healthy Choices guidelines.

    It’s increased our ability to work effectively as a team and continue making changes to ensure healthy choices are available across our health service."
    Crystie Ballard, Health Promotion Officer, Rochester and Elmore District Health Service.

     

    Choose a stream

    There are two subject ‘streams’ to choose from based on the types of organisations you work with.

    You can join one or both streams:

    We explain each stream in more detail below:

    Mentorship Program stream

    Schools

    Healthy Choices

    To work with:
    (Victoria only)

    • primary and secondary schools
    • hospitals and health services
    • sport and recreation centres
    • universities and TAFEs
    • workplaces
    • other large organisations with foods supplied on site

    Food and drinks guidelines

    School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy
    (Part of the Healthy Canteen Kit)
     

    Department of Education and Training, Victoria.

    Healthy Choices for retail outlets, vending machines and catering.
     

    Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

    Who it’s suitable for

    Anyone who works with Victorian schools to promote healthy eating, such as:
     

    • dietitians or nutritionists
    • health promotion officers
    • community development workers
    • school representatives who are leading a healthy eating initiative.

    e.g. health and wellbeing committee member, food technology teacher, school council members, health champion parent.

    Anyone responsible for promoting healthy eating in the organisations above, such as:
     

    • dietitians or nutritionists
    • health promotion officers
    • community development workers
    • human resources/OH&S staff.

    Who it’s not suitable for

    • school canteen staff or volunteers
    • commercial food service providers

    See our online training options.

    • staff and management of retail food outlets

    See our online training options.

    Upcoming training sessions

    Melbourne

    29 October 2018 - Register here

    No current sessions

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    Program outline

     

    1. Training

    Mentorship begin with a three hour training session where you will learn how to implement the school canteen policy or the Healthy Choices guidelines (depending on the stream you’ve chosen) through a whole-of-organisation approach.

     

     

    You will learn:

     

    - how to apply the relevant guidelines in different settings

    - strategies to gain support from key stakeholders, such as management, canteen/retail outlet, staff, customers and others

    - how to assess menus, products and recipes online using FoodChecker

    - ways to overcome common barriers

    - how to promote healthier foods and drinks

     

    The training session is also a great opportunity to meet other people doing similar work, and to make some new contacts.

     

    Training session are held every few months in Melbourne and regional Victoria according to demand.

     

     

     

    2. Ongoing support

    Change takes time, so after attending training you will have ongoing support from the dietitians and nutritionists at the Healthy Eating Advisory Service.

     

    You can call or email at any time for advice and to troubleshoot any issues you’re having with creating healthy changes.

     

    You’ll also get ongoing peer support from other mentees in the Facebook group, and at various networking events held throughout the year. You can get help to overcome challenges and be inspired by new ideas, as well as share your own information and experiences with others.

     

     

     

    3. Regular follow up

    Over the next year, we will follow up with you every three months to see how you’re doing and to offer any further support.

     

    At the 3, 6 and 12 month follow ups we’ll ask you to report on key data, such as the number and types of organisations you have engaged with, and information on their progress.

     

    This helps us measure the impact of the Mentorship Program, and to track where healthy changes are occurring around the state.

     

     

     

    Would you like to join?

    If you’re interested in joining the Mentorship Program, please send your expression of interest using the contact form below.

    Or call or email us if you have any further questions.

     

    Mentorship Program enquiry form