Date published: 
27 April 2017
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Turnbull Government is providing almost $6 million to continue support for prostate cancer specialist nurses in 15 locations across Australia, with a focus on regional areas.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting men, with over 16,000 Australians expected to be diagnosed this year and although it has a 95 per cent five-year survival rate, more than 3,000 men die from it each year.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia will use the funding for 14 full time nurses through to 2019-20, to support men with prostate cancer.

The program has been in operation since 2014 and these nurses are on track to assist around 4,000 men and their families by September 2017.

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer often see a range of health care professionals over a length of time, including urologists, general practitioners, radiologists and allied health staff.

This funding will continue to support prostate cancer nurse positions across Australia so that men with cancer, and their families, receive the support and information they need.

We have seen that the greater coordination of care for other cancers has resulted in better outcomes for patients both for cancer control and psychological well-being.

By funding these nurses we can make sure men battling prostate cancer receive the necessary and timely coordinated care they require.

These nurses will provide:

  • vital information, care and support for both patients and their families, as well as health care professionals within a multidisciplinary team;
  • improved access to specialists and services;
  • coordination of care from diagnosis onwards; and
  • continuity of care for patients throughout the entire cancer journey.

A diagnosis of cancer is one of the most confronting health issues anyone can face but the support and compassionate care that prostate cancer nurses provide will be a great help to men as they, and their families, tackle this disease.

Prostate Cancer Nurse Locations

List of locations and host facilities for prostate nurses.

Location

Host facility

Cairns, QLD

Cairns Hospital

Rockhampton, QLD

Rockhampton Hospital

Greenslopes-Brisbane, QLD

Greenslopes Private Hospital

Port Macquarie, NSW

Port Macquarie Base Hospital

Orange, NSW

Orange Hospital, Western NSW

Wagga Wagga, NSW

Wagga Wagga Hospital and Community Health

North Ryde, Sydney, NSW

Macquarie University Hospital

Kogarah, Sydney, NSW

St George Hospital

Mildura, VIC

Mildura Base Hospital

Footscray, Melbourne, VIC

Western Health Service

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The Bays Hospital

Geelong, VIC

Geelong Hospital, Barwon Health

Ballarat, VIC

Ballarat Health Services

Adelaide, SA

Repatriation General Hospital

Bunbury, WA

St John of God

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