Minister Opens Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton has welcomed hundreds of delegates to the 15th Asia-Pacific conference on prostate cancer in Melbourne.

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1 September 2014

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton today welcomed hundreds of delegates to the 15th Asia-Pacific conference on prostate cancer in Melbourne.

Officially opening the conference Mr Dutton said the Australian Government was strongly committed to providing support for men living with, or at risk of, prostate cancer.

“The Government recognises prostate cancer is a major health issue – and this conference is a great opportunity for local and international experts to share views on management, treatment and latest research,” Mr Dutton said.

The Australian Government is providing $18.5 million over four years to three dedicated Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centres to coordinate research and enhance collaboration about the disease.

Most recently, the Government announced funding of $6.2 million for an additional 14 specialist prostate care nurses. These nurses will provide additional support for up to 4,000 patients, particularly in rural and regional areas.

“This more than doubles the number of prostate cancer nurses currently supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - from 12 to 26. These nurses are available across the country to provide practical and emotional support to patients, their families, loved ones and carers,” Mr Dutton said.

The three-day conference will highlight the continued need for increased education, improved treatment options and knowledge sharing about prostate cancer.

“While prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men, the good news is that the survival rate is high – 92 per cent,” Mr Dutton said.

“The need to inform men about prostate cancer is increasingly important. Conferences like this shed light on a subject often not talked about and ensure we can continue to connect with the thousands of men facing cancer every year.”

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

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