Innovation and Adaptation

Lessons from Mentoring in PNG

By Claire Von Wald May 16, 2019

Building the capacity of our partners is important task. Many of our people have been involved with mentoring activities in the past, and it is likely that more will be involved in the future. This report "On Mentoring: Personal stories and lessons for future mentors" collates the lessons learned by soldiers and officers during Exercise WANTOK WARRIOR 2018.

The report builds on Barbie Keller's blog from earlier this week, with more detail about the exercise, and views from a number of members of the Mentoring Training Team. Importantly, the report includes tips and advice from some of the more junior members of the team.




Claire Von Wald

Claire Von Wald is a researcher who served for 27 years in the Australian Army. She is currently working towards a doctorate in Public Leadership at the University of New South Wales. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.


That is a great document! Even now after 15 years working in Pacific Island Countries and Timor-Leste I learnt a good deal or most certainly was reminded of what I had forgotten. My first foray to PNG was in 1985 running a Training Team to mentor the mortar platoons of 1 and 2 RPIR - I was not prepared and certainly at that time not the right person for the task (I was certainly the best qualified). An article like this would have helped me tremendously and no doubt will help others in the future. Congratulations to OC Wantok Warrior and team.

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