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Policy and Protocols
Policy and Protocols
The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Eduction (LIME) Network, in collaboration with the LIME Reference Group have developed specific guidelines, relevant to the LIME Network, regarding authorship recognition of LIME related publications, and a Group Orientation and Peer Support Statement.
The purpose of developing a specific authorship policy is to provide guidelines for authorship of research and publications developed within the scope of the LIME Network program.
The LIME Network Program produces a number of tools, articles and resources. Many of these are developed by working groups made up of LIME Network Reference Group members, and rely on their individual expertise and input. With an increasing number of materials being produced by the LIME Network Program, agreed protocols around authorship are needed to ensure that contributions are acknowledged and that these tools are referenced appropriately.
The LIME Network Program will be listed as the author on all publications and resources funded and developed through the Program’s working groups.
Publications for which substantial work has been undertaken by a group of authors from a working group (for example, writing a journal paper) may name the authors and note the group as publishing ‘on behalf of the LIME Network Program’. Such publications will be discussed with the LIME Network Reference Group prior to an authorship decision.
Publications must acknowledge the LIME Network and its funders as follows:
The Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network is a dynamic network dedicated to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and support of Indigenous medical students. The LIME Network is a program of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
Members of the relevant working group, including LIME Program team staff, will be individually acknowledged within the publication or resource, in alphabetical order, in the following form:
This publication/ resource was developed with the input of members of the LIME Network Program Reference Group:
Authorship should be based on substantial contribution to: (a) the concept and design of the article, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; (b) drafting of the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (c) the final approval of the version to be published.
The LIME Network Reference Group is an important forum for peer support. It provides the opportunity for sharing knowledge and experience, reflecting on work practices and workplace environments, and supports collaboration and relationship-building. In this way it aims to contribute to professional development and capacity building of its members.
Peer Support Statement Objectives
To formally value and prioritise the provision of a safe and supportive environment to:
The objective of this orientation and peer support statement is to provide LIME Reference Group members, and potentially a wider group of Indigenous health educators, some clear frameworks around values for the peer networking and support opportunities available through the Network.
Defining Peer Networking / Mentoring
Peer, or collegiate support differs from traditional dyadic mentoring which often involves a senior faculty member and a junior protégé. While traditional forms of mentoring have been shown to contribute to the success of the mentee in regard to career satisfaction, productivity and professional development, there is also growing evidence that peer mentoring has an important role to play. This is especially the case in a field where there may be a lack of available role models who share of reflect the personal experiences of the person seeking support.
Peer support groups involve structured or unstructured meetings that encourage interactive exchange between peers or colleagues with a similar position or experience. In their Mentoring Framework, AIDA suggests that peer support is intended to be a ‘mutually-beneficial engagement …to facilitate professional growth by sharing knowledge and skills in a confidential, non-judgemental and culturally safe environment.’
Orientation and Peer Support:
Reference Group Members:
Medical schools may support peer networking opportunities for LIME Reference Group members/Indigenous health educators, including provision of time away from other duties, use of communication resources such as skype and teleconferences, and potentially some financial support where travel to meetings is required.