Meredith

The Mornington Peninsula is set to benefit in a federal boost to fund specialist prostate cancer nurses. The Hon Greg Hunt MP confirmed a continuation of funding for the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse position at The Bays Hospital, one of only 14 full-time specialist nurses via the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).

The Australian Government is providing almost $6 million to fund specialist nurses for prostate cancer, covering 15 locations Australia-wide and focusing on regional areas. The government’s recent announcement is a continuation of funding for the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Program that started in 2014, run by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).

This funding will continue to support prostate cancer nurse positions across Australia until the 2019-20 year, so that men with cancer, and their families, receive the support and information they need.

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

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.

Studies have shown that well-managed care for other cancers has not only resulted in better outcomes for a patient’s cancer control, but also their psychological well-being.

Source: Minister For Health

Photo: Meredith Studdert, Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse at The Bays

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