are you ready to be who you needed when you
started your career journey?

If you are ready to ...

... help an emerging leader step up and shine.
... share resources which accelerate their impact.
... build your leadership legacy.

then now is the time to join us as an Acorn Mentor!

Now is the time to inspire confidence and ignite the potential of our industry's emerging leaders and young managers.

Share your experiences.
Accelerate the career of a young manager.
Build your leadership tribe.

The Acorn Mentoring Program is a five-month online program and facilitates mentoring partnerships across Australia, allowing you to support tomorrows leaders, engage our next generation of talent, and support our industry's leadership pipeline.

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46% of Generation Y will make up the workforce in 2020, but right now our aged care workplaces employ less than 25% of them (1,2). Now is the time ensure our future leaders have the skills and confidence they need to succeed - careers, pathways, leadership pathways and more.

Are you ready to help them step up and shine, and become the aged care leaders of the future?


Many of our emerging aged care leaders come up against barriers and don’t know where to turn to.

This program is carefully designed to support collaboration, connection, and build strong mentoring partnerships.

As an Acorn Mentor, you will be sharing insights, experiences, and your ears with aged care's emerging leaders and middle-managers. Helping to improve their ability to lead teams, projects, and build better relationships with their senior managers.



Mentors must have:

  • A minimum 8 years leading and managing in team environments (note: no clinical experience required).

  • Willing to commit 1 hour a month over 5 months to supporting your mentee.

  • Are employed or consulting in the aged and community care industry (you understand the unique problems Mentees face)

  • Experience in (traditional or non-traditional) mentoring relationships


We're pretty excited you're as pumped for this program as us! Fill out our application form right now and let's get you matched to an amazing mentee!



This is an interactive way of learning through a five-month mentoring partnership and online learning program, allowing your talented managers and emerging leaders to determine their own mentor path and find the resources they need to succeed.
Participants can be from anywhere in Australia (interstate, urban, rural, remote) as our program is fully online. We want to ensure our mentors are accessible and able to support the variety challenges that can arise in our aged and community care workplaces.

When does the Acorn Mentoring Program start?
The Acorn Mentoring Program runs twice a year. Our next intake begins late July 2019. Applications are open and organisations do pay for their leaders/staff to get involved. Reach out today to learn more via

How many places are there?
We are dedicated to creating a carefully curated resource and a great cohort of mentors/mentees, so our intake is limited to ensure everyone receives dedicated support throughout your time in this program. Get in touch right now to ensure you don't miss out!

Who can join this program? 
Anyone with a passion for aged and community care careers is invited to submit an application to be a mentor or mentee - students, DONs, entrepreneurs, consultants, and more. Acorn Mentors are CEOs, GMs, aged care consultants, and influencers who are passionate about supporting the leaders of the future. As long as there is mentoring experience (and a drive to learn) we welcome everyone to connect with our passionate and driven Acorn Mentees.

Is my fee refundable? 
There is no fee for mentors, as they are graciously volunteering their time and sharing their experiences.
For mentees there is a fee to enrol. Payment is due before commencing BUT if you don't get matched with a mentor your fee is 100% refundable. (Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to enrolling.)

My employer has a mentoring program already. How will this be different?
Our program will match you with a mentor/mentee who is outside of your organisation. Increasing industry connections, widening knowledge of different ways of tackling issues, and supporting professional goals. 
Yes, internal programs are fantastic, and we encourage you to explore these. We know that cross-organisational support is a way that will further support your people to become the leader they want to be.

I work in mental/direct/other health career. Can I still apply? 
Of course! Our program welcomes all applicants from a range of healthcare disciplines, as we know we are all involved in the ageing and community care industry in a variety of ways. We prioritise aged and community care applicants where possible.

Who can I contact for more info? 
If you have any questions, drop us an email -



Mentor Terms & Conditions

  1. Hays. (2013). Gen Y and the World of Work. Retrieved

  2. Mavromaras, K., Knight, G., Isherwood, L., Crettenden A., Flavel, J., Karmel, T., Moskos, M., Smith, L., Walton, H., & Wei, Z. (2017). 2016 National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey – The Aged Care Workforce, 2016 . Report/Pub # 11848. Canberra Australia: Commonwealth of Australia.