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!

You may feel like life and work are too busy, or
there is never enough time or energy to be a mentor.

Now is the time to step up andNow is the time to build capacity and networks our emerging leaders want to be part of. Help us to hand the baton on to the next generation so they can be our ageing champions of the future.

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 to support our young leaders to see the potential and opportunities we all know are there - 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?

The Acorn Mentoring Program is an interactive way of learning through a five-month mentoring partnership and online learning program, allowing you to support an emerging leader on their professional journey.

All you need is 60 minutes a month.

Mentoring_Make a difference

You can be from anywhere in Australia (interstate, urban, rural, remote) as our program is fully online. 

This is a carefully curated program designed to support our mentors and mentees to build these relationships and succeed in reaching their goals. We know online networking is hard so these modules provide weekly check-ins, conversations starters, and information on how to make this mentoring relationship work right for you.

Not only will you be creating a bond and learning from emerging industry leaders, you will be supporting our aged care leaders of the future.


support the future of our aged and community care industry.
Hurry program begins 16th july.
your application must be completed by 9th JULY 2018.



Mentors must have:

  • Commit to the entire program (commencing 16 July 2018)
  • Meet every 3 weeks with your Mentee (minimum)
  • Assist your mentee in working towards their goal(s) and explore pathways for growth
  • Participate in all program evaluations


We're pretty excited you're as pumped for this program as us! Fill out our application form by 9th July, and let's get you matched to an amazing mentee!


When does the Acorn Mentoring Program start?
The Acorn Mentoring Program runs twice a year. Our current intake began on Monday, 16th July 2018.The
Applications are closed and our next program will begin in January 2019. Email to join our waiting list!

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 you receive 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, CEOs, entrepreneurs, consultants, and more. All ages and from all levels of leadership are welcome to connect with our passionate and driven leaders.

How is this different to other mentoring programs?Our program will match you with a mentor/mentee who is outside of your organisation. Increasing your industry connections, widening your knowledge of different ways of tackling issues, and supporting you in your 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 you to become the leader you want to be.

Our programs have grass roots support, are continually being tested to meet social impact targets, and we are committed to supporting this industry into the long-term. (don't believe us? Check out how we have been making waves over the years.)

What's expected of mentors?
As a mentor you will be volunteering your time, expertise, and knowledge with an Acorn Mentee. You will:

  • Commit to the entire program (commencing 16 July 2018)
  • Meet every 3 weeks with your Mentee (minimum)
  • Assist your mentee in working towards their goal(s) and explore pathways for growth
  • Participate in all program evaluations

Why Should I apply?
This is a pretty sweet Mentoring Program, connecting you with emerging aged and community care leaders. You are carefully matched to ensure your skills support a mentee over the next five months. Oh, and this program is:

  • An interactive online learning experience.
  • Supportive and interactive.
  • An opportunity to meet, discuss and hear from your mentee. 
  • You will discover and learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a leader.

This program is not:

  • A formal training program.
  • A qualification.
  • A definitive way to succeed or be promoted.
  • Focusing on on clinical skills. This is a resource to support others in managing and leading teams.

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 in our program. Payment is due before commencing. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions prior to applying.

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 -

I'd love for my organisation to get involved! What do I need to do?
We'd love to have a chat! Send us an email - - or a call +61 488 123 125, and let's see how we can grow together.



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.