Regional centres gain breast care nurses

Thirteen regional centres across Australia will soon have specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses funded by the Australian Government

Page last updated: 11 December 2013

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11 December 2013

Thirteen regional centres across Australia will soon have specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses funded by the Australian Government.

Minister for Health Peter Dutton today announced the expansion of the McGrath Foundation initiative with its President Glenn McGrath.

“The McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses (BCN) provide much-needed, expert care to Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer,” Mr Dutton said.

“These additional nurses will support Regional Cancer Centres and outer metropolitan areas where there is an unmet need for this service.

“They will take up their positions between January and May next year, providing information and practical and emotional support to women, their families and carers.”

The new BCNs will be located in:

  • Wollongong, Queanbeyan and Lismore in NSW
  • Mandurah, Narrogin and Geraldton in WA
  • Mt Gambier, Port Pirie and Murray Bridge in SA
  • Darwin and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory
  • Mornington in Victoria
  • Townsville in Queensland
They will add to the 44 Commonwealth-supported BCNs and 42 BCNs funded by the McGrath Foundation who are currently in place in communities around Australia – most in rural and remote areas.

“Despite greatly improved treatment, breast cancer remains a major health concern for Australian women, with about 14,000 new cases diagnosed each year,” Mr Dutton said.

Up to 13,200 women and their families are expected to receive support from Commonwealth funded BCNs over four years from July 2013. More than 14,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer have already been assisted by the program.

The McGrath Foundation was set up by Glenn McGrath and his late wife Jane after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. Jane McGrath died from the disease in June 2008.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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