Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Nursing and Midwifery workforce mentoring program in a rural NSW Local Health District 2019

Project snapshot

  • Funding Body: CSU Faculty of Science
  • Grant: Seed grant
  • Commencing: 2019

Project team

  • Dr Jessica Biles, Lecturer & Associate Head (Southern) SNIMH, CSU
  • Angela Damm, Aboriginal Leadership and Development: Clinical Nurse Specialist, MLHD
  • Nathaniel Alexander, Nurse Manager, Professional Practice and Policy, MLHD Adjunct Lecturer Faculty of Science, CSU
  • Linda Deravin, Lecturer SNIMH, CSU
  • Claire Seaman, Program Evaluator, Three Rivers UDRH, CSU

Project description

The aim of the research is to discover and describe in detail the program experience of NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives within Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s geographical footprint.  In gathering and analysing the experiences of mentoring program participants, the research aims to understand the impact of the program, and the barriers and enablers towards achieving its expected outcomes and the strategic goals of the MLHD.  A deeper understanding of program experiences will assist MHLD staff and nursing and midwifery academic staff meet the needs of the mentors and mentees.  For the context of this research, the following questions have been identified:

  • What are the program experiences and perceptions of mentors and mentees within the Murrumbidgee Health Service geographical footprint?
  • What influences the program experiences of mentors and mentees within the Murrumbidgee Health Service geographical footprint?
  • What are the barriers and enablers to the mentoring program achieving its stated outcomes?

The research also aims to gain insight into a model of support that can be translated to other health services in NSW and also across Australia.