201401.14

Dunkley scores a specialist Breast Care Nurse

The Dunkley community will soon benefit from an additional breast care nurse at the Bays Hospital following the expansion of the McGrath Foundation program funded by the Australian Government.

Local Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson welcomed the announcement saying it will provide invaluable support to those with breast cancer and their families in the electorate.

The nurse will support an estimated 280 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the Dunkley electorate during the next four years.

Around 14,000 Australian families affected by breast cancer have received support from a breast care nurse.

They provide an invaluable service by coordinating care not only for those diagnosed with breast cancer, but also for their families and carers.

They work to ensure the physical, psychological and emotional needs of those with breast cancer are met from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment.

Importantly, this support is provided free of charge and can be assessed through selfreferral.

The expansion of the program was announced by Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton in late 2013 and includes an additional 13 nurses over the next four years on top of the 44 existing Commonwealth funded positions across Australia.

The McGrath Foundation currently funds 42 positions and intends to add another 10 by the end of this year. These numbers combined will bring the total number of McGrath Breast Care Nurses to 109 across Australia.

The Breast Care Nurse will be recruited in the coming months and is likely to start in the first half of this year.

The McGrath Foundation was established 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.

*Caption: Kerryn Ernst McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Glenn McGrath, Minister Bruce Billson MP, Minister Peter Dutton MP