Date published: 
15 June 2020
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

Thousands of Australian men with prostate cancer and their families will benefit from an expansion of the Australian Government’s Prostate Cancer Nurses Program.  
 
The Government is investing $23 million in the program through the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia over the next three years to support existing prostate cancer nurses and place specialist nurses.  
 
Prostate cancer is estimated to be the second most common cause of cancer death in Australian men in 2020, with an estimated 3,152 deaths. 
 
Sadly, more than 16,700 Australian men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.  
 
Since 2013, this program has funded the recruitment, training and placement of prostate cancer nurses in 29 locations across the country.  
 
The 2020–21 round of funding will employ nurses at 24 health services or cancer centres.  
 
The Government is committed to improving health outcomes for men with prostate cancer and provides significant investment through provision of specialised nurses, medical services through the Medicare Benefits Scheme and pharmaceuticals through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.  
 
Since 2013, the Government has also provided over $84 million in support for prostate cancer research through the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centres, the National Health and Medical Research Council and Cancer Australia. 

New nurse locations in 2020–21

State

Location(s)

ACT

Canberra Health Service

NSW

Broken Hill Health Service

NSW

Westmead Hospital

NSW

Coffs Harbour Health Campus

NSW

Prince of Wales Hospital (Randwick)

NSW

Dubbo Health Service

NSW

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

NSW

Royal North Shore Hospital

QLD

Bundaberg & Hervey Bay Cancer Centres

QLD

Mackay Cancer Centre & Base Hospital

QLD

Redcliffe Hospital

SA

Genesis Care Cancer Centres (Bedfork Park, Kurralta Park, Adelaide and Elizabeth)

SA

Mt Gambier

SA

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

SA

Pt Lincoln Health Service

TAS

Launceston

VIC

Wangaratta

VIC

Warrnambool

VIC

Horsham Wimmera Cancer Centre

VIC

St Vincent’s Private & Public

WA

Joondalup Cancer Centre

WA

WA Country Health Service WA (Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields, Midwest, Wheatbelt, South West and Great Southern)

WA

Fiona Stanley Hospital

WA

Genesis Care Cancer Centres Wembley & Nedlands

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