Description of Mentor Program

The mentor program aims to create a safe space to engage with your peers, the mentors, and the staff in the School of NMSW. Each mentor understands what it’s like to be a student at UQ and our primary role is to be there to answer questions or provide support to you. Mentor sessions may have themes like ‘exam destress’ or at other times we may have staff come and give their top tips on things such as essay writing or studying for exams. All mentors (below) are keen to make your experience at UQ an engaging and enjoyable one, so if you have any questions or just want to have a chat to one of us please feel free to send an email.

Please note that mentors do not:

  • Read assessment drafts.
  • Give advice about assessment.
  • Provide counselling.

Mentors can:

  • Talk to you about theoretical concepts.
  • Help you navigate Student Services.
  • Talk to you about life at UQ.

Meet the Mentors

Mentor Program Lead & Fourth Year Mentor
Erikka Dunning

My name is Erikka, and I am a Mununjali woman. I was born in Brisbane, grew up in Brisbane and have stayed in Brisbane to the point that my first time out of Queensland was by accident (but that’s a story for another time). I am minoring in health and ageing and I am interested in and passionate about many areas of social work including: health, mental health, grief and loss, policy and legislation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, and more. I am also passionate about making the student experience on campus a positive one, so if you want to ask questions, give feedback or generally have a chat please feel free to email me. A fun fact about me: I crochet and watch a lot of TV shows in my spare time.


Email: erikka.dunning@uq.net.au

 

Mentor Program Lead & Fourth Year Mentor
Kate Thompson

My name is Kate, I am a Gurang Gurang woman and I was born and raised in Bundaberg, Queensland. I completed high school in Bundaberg then moved to Brisbane in 2014 to study a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at the University of Queensland. I am minoring in health and ageing and I am interested in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a community development setting upon completion of my degree. A fun fact about me – I have a twin, so if you think you see me around campus with completely different clothes on and longer hair, it’s my twin (if you say ‘Hey Kate’, she will still say hello though).


Email: kate.thompson2@uq.net.au

 

 

Fourth Year Mentor
Brianna Toms

My name is Bri, I was born in New Zealand and have lived in Australia for 5 years. I am very passionate about social work and can’t wait to meet more people who share that passion. Some areas I am especially interested in are mental health, community development, youth, families, refugees and asylum seekers. Fun fact(s): If I could spend all of my time at the beach, I would, and I absolutely love animals so any pictures of your fur children will be appreciated.


Email: brianna.toms@uq.net.au

 

 

 

Fourth Year Mentor
Hope Border

My name is Hope, and I am from a small town near Byron Bay. I moved to Brisbane and began my studies in 2013, but commenced the social work program in 2014. I do some casual work in the women’s refuge where I completed my first placement, and this has instilled in me a great passion for working with women and children who have experienced family violence. I will be minoring in mental health as this is another area of practice that I am extremely interested in. A fun fact about me is that I passionately dislike feet – no idea why, but they just freak me out.


Email: hope.border@uq.net.au

 

Fourth Year Mentor
Lauren Beecroft

My name is Lauren, I was born in Victoria but moved to Benaraby (Gladstone) at a young age. I completed high school at Tannum Sands State High and moved to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) in 2013. I am minoring in Mental Health. I currently work at Freedom Social Justice and Growth (FSG), walking alongside young carers. I am interested in working alongside people who have a disability and mental health dual diagnosis (or lived experience) as this is what I am passionate about. Fun fact: I am obsessed with tiny houses antiques!


Email: lauren.beecroft@uq.net.au
 

 

 

Third Year Mentor
Tyler Luke

My name is Tyler, I was born and raised in Ipswich and still live there. This year I am completing some courses and deferring my placement to the start of 2018. In terms of where I want to work as a social worker, I am interested in the areas of working with military veterans, education, and the prison system. I am immensely passionate about working with the homeless as that work was what started me on my path as a social worker. A fun fact about me is that I am technically a second generation social worker, as my mother currently works in child protection.


Email: tyler.luke@uq.net.au

 

Second Year Mentor
Anjee Jones

I am a 2nd year Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) student minoring in Mental Health. I am passionate about mental health, gender and politics – these also being the areas I wish to work in after I graduate. In my spare time, I’m either battling possums on the veranda or practicing yoga on the veranda – sometimes simultaneously.


Email: anjee.jones@uq.net.au

 

 

 

 

Second Year Mentor
Allan Simmons

My name is Allan, I am a part-time mature age student and I am from the Northside of Brisbane. Before beginning my undergraduate degree I had a 15 year career with QANTAS Airway along with other jobs in the security industry and patient support at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital (RBWH). I was also the full-time carer for my father who was a war veteran who suffered from Parkinson’s disease. My fields of interest within social work are varied and have changed since the beginning of the degree. The three areas I have the most interest in are substance abuse recovery, corrections and aged care with an element of supporting our veteran community. Since my world has been consumed with work and caring responsibilities, I am now regaining my passion for fitness, martial arts, travel and cooking for friends.


Email: allan.simmons@uq.net.au

 

Second Year Mentor
Louis Stevenson

My name is Louis, I was born in rural South Australia (SA) and raised on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. I live with my boyfriend in Auchenflower where I watch too much Youtube and own a pair of lycra running pants (never used). I study full time and work casually for the Biological Sciences school at UQ as a research assistant. I’m passionate about languages, always studying Russian and Mandarin when I should be reading social work textbooks. Mental health is a field I would love to work in.


Email: louis.stevenson@uq.net.au