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

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Title A qualitative evaluation of an Australian public health nutrition workforce development intervention involving mentoring circles
Author Palermo, Claire; Hughes, Roger Michael; McCall, Lousie
Journal Name Public Health Nutrition
Editor A.Yngve
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Abstract 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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980010002491
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 The Authors. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 14
Issue Number 8
Page from 1458
Page to 1465
ISSN 1368-9800
Date Accessioned 2011-07-06
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Public Nutrition Intervention
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41064
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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