LIME Network Reference Group Orientation and Peer Support Vision Statement

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.

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Peer Support Statement Objectives 

To formally value and prioritise the provision of a safe and supportive environment to: 

  • Encourage collaboration 
  • Provide emotional and moral support and encourage overall well-being
  • Promote creative thinking and problem solving 
  • Provide positive feedback and constructive criticism
  • Provide advice on balancing personal and professional responsibilities
  • Provide support for career development
  • Increase confidence and agency
  • Expand professional networks
  • Develop skills
  • Foster retention of staff in the field of Indigenous health and medical education

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:

  • Provide a LIME introduction pack to new staff teaching into Indigenous health or working on the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students.
  • New Reference Group members matched with one or two existing members as formal peer support contacts when they join the Reference Group as requested.
  • Existing Reference Group members will be linked in peer support groups on particular issues as requested.
  • There will be scheduled time for peer support with the bi-annual Reference Group meetings.
  • Each Reference Group meeting should begin with detailed introductions and a welcome.


LIME Secretariat: 

  • Facilitation of orientation and support activities.
  • Organisation and administration support (for example, catering, room booking, setting meeting times, developing discussion topics where appropriate).
  • Linking appropriate peers together as part of the scheme as requested.
  • Distributing information to new staff working on Indigenous health or Indigenous student recruitment and retention.

Reference Group Members: 

  • Commitment to the peer support arrangement.
  • Maintaining an open and honest form of communication.
  • Agreement to maintain confidentiality.
  • Assisting peers to identify their needs, issues, concerns and aspirations.
  • Sharing knowledge and wisdom.
  • Facilitating growth and development of peers.
  • Identifying the needs, issues, concerns and aspirations relevant to career goals.
  • Being open to advice and constructive feedback.
  • Accepting responsibility for their own development.
  • Informing the LIME secretariat when new staff working in Indigenous health are appointed at their university.

Medical schools: 

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.


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  • Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, Mentoring Framework 2013.
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LIME Network Authorship Guidelines

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.

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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: 

  • [Name, Institution] 
  • [Name, Institution] 
  • [Name, Institution] 
  • [Name, Institution] 
  • Final versions of each publication or resource, including any revisions, will be approved by the relevant working group members prior to submission or publication.
  • In line with the Vancouver Protocol, as executive author of publications and resources, the LIME Network Program team will take responsibility for associated record keeping.
  • Scholarly articles and publications which reference, analyse or utilise the resources of the LIME Network, should adhere to the Vancouver protocol on authorship: 

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.