Strengthening recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives through mentoring has been a long-term priority of CATSINaM. However, it has been challenging to provide such mentoring as a small national organisation with limited capacity. The 2013-2014 consultation process with CATSINaM members highlighted that mentoring remains a priority – both as a program that CATSINaM provides and for professional development. On this basis, CATSINaM instituted a review of the existing mentoring program so a revised program could be designed and options for resourcing it
This report outlines the review process, issues to address and proposed solutions for a revised mentoring program. The external context in which CATSINaM operates, conclusions and recommendations is summarised below. This will form the basis for:
a costed funding proposal for a revised CATSINaM Mentoring Program
an engagement strategy so that educational institutions and employers become partners, co-funders and mutual beneficiaries in the provision of mentoring support.