The Mentoring for Regional Hospitals and Cancer Professionals program aims to ensure people with cancer in rural and regional Australia have access to ‘world’s best practice’ treatment and care

In 2005, 21 projects across Australia were funded under the first phase of this program to implement and evaluate strategies to:

  • link cancer professionals and services in regional areas to mentors in urban centres,
  • improve access to best practice treatment, and
  • care for people with cancer living in rural and regional Australia.

Review of the projects that are completed reveals that they have met the program objective of strengthening the links between regional, rural and remote areas and urban hospitals.

Some of the positive outcomes of projects to date include:

  • Better care coordination, and increased clinician satisfaction and knowledge from the Mentoring in Management of Haematological Malignancies project based in Albury, NSW.
  • People with head and neck cancers living in regional Victoria now have greater opportunities to access specialised speech pathology or nutrition services nearer to home as a result of the Specialist Speech Pathology and Nutrition Care Mentoring for Cancer Care Professionals in Regional Victoria project.
  • Strong evidence of the effectiveness of web-based forums in promoting the creation of networks and exchange of ideas and knowledge, from the Albury-Wodonga based Developing multidisciplinary mentoring links with specialist metropolitan cancer centres project.
  • The enhancement of the pharmacist’s role in the multidisciplinary setting from the Development, implementation and evaluation of a mentoring program for pharmacists working in cancer services in regional hospitals in Queensland project.

Cancer Australia is reviewing the models, tools and resources developed by the mentoring projects to determine which are suitable for wider dissemination and use. Where possible, these resources will be linked into other Cancer Australia initiatives such as our Cancer Learning website, cancer nursing education (EdCaN) and/or CanNET programs. 

View a full list of the mentoring projects (PDF 22KB).