Breast-cancer nurse on way to Coffs Harbour

COFFS Harbour women will soon have access to a new specialist breast cancer nurse, thanks to a $12 million commitment by the Federal Government.

The Government has provided the McGrath Foundation with funding over the next four years to recruit, train and employ specialist breast cancer nurses in 44 locations across Australia, with Coffs Harbour one of the locations on the list.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said the initiative would enable more women diagnosed with breast cancer, especially those in rural and regional areas, to see nurses who have specialist breast care skills and training. “The specially trained registered nurses will provide vital information, care and practical and emotional support to women diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and carers,” she said.

“The nurses are being placed in areas that need them most and in locations were access to a full-time breast cancer nurse is not currently available.”

The Rural Doctors Association has welcomed the news, with president Dr Peter Rischbieth saying the 89 per cent of nurses located in rural and regional areas was particularly pleasing.

“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer need to deal with a very confronting period of their life and they need to make decisions around their care and treatment and navigate a complex health system,” he said.



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