Bob Fenwick Mentoring Grants Program

Opportunity for professional and career development goals!

Bob Fenwick was a mental health nurse who tragically died in a work-related incident in 2011. In recognition of Mr Fenwick’s long service to mental health nursing and the important role he played in mentoring less-experienced nurses, the Bob Fenwick Mentoring Grants Program was developed in 2011.

Applications will be open to registered nurses who want a unique opportunity to further their mental health nursing career by participating in this innovative Program. Applications open 1 Feb 2023.

The Program aims to encourage less experienced mental health nurses to take the opportunity to be mentored by a more experienced colleague, assisting them to achieve their mental health professional practice goals.

Who can apply?
Any registered nurse currently working in NSW public mental health services is eligible to apply. Mental health nurses with less than two years’ experience or working in NSW rural and remote areas as well as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nurses currently working in mental health are all strongly encouraged to apply.

What will each mentoring grant include?
Matching with a mentor in a Local Health District (LHD) other than their own for up to five consecutive days to pursue their mental health areas of interest.

Being provided with travel, accommodation and meal allowance, while remaining a fully paid employee of their regular mental health service during their placement.

Seeking mentors for the Program
If you are a senior mental health nurse, you can help build the specialty of mental health nursing by nominating yourself to become a mentor. Simply use the Mentor Details Form or contact the Program Manager, for more information.

To Apply
Please complete the Mentee / Mentor application form below and submit to

More information on the Program can be found in the Fact Sheet 2023

Applications closing date extended to 31 March 2023.


If you would like more information or are thinking of applying for the Program, you may wish to browse the videos and promotional materials below which highlight this innovative professional development opportunity.

2017 ceremony video

Some of the participants in the 2012/13 program discuss their experience.