Client: Greater Western Area Health Service

External Evaluation of Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) Mentoring for Regional Hospitals and Cancer Professionals Project

Project timeline: April 2008 - February 2009

Brief description:

The Mentoring for Regional Hospitals and Cancer Professionals project is part of the Strengthening Cancer Care Initiative funded by Cancer Australia that aims to ensure people with cancer in rural and regional Australia have access to best practice treatment and care.

In 2006, the NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching (IRCST) was successful in receiving funding under the Initiative and nominated the rurally located Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) to roll-out a mentoring project. In October 2006, GWAHS commenced the mentoring project for staff caring for patients with cancer. The aim of the project was to provide staff from all disciplines working in cancer services in the region and with less than two years experience in the field with the requisite skills, competencies and confidence to provide quality cancer care in a rural setting.

One year after the commencement of the project (early 2008) Kristine Battye Consulting (KBC) was invited to assist GWAHS with an external evaluation of the program.


  • Develop post-program surveys for mentees and mentors to assess self-reported impact of the program on participants and their overall satisfaction with the program, as well as to identify any suggested improvements or amendments

  • Collation and analysis of data

  • Final report with recommendations