Marino secures Bunbury prostate nurse

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino is pleased to announce the prostate cancer specialist nurse will continue in Bunbury.

Mrs Marino said the continuation of the Bunbury prostate cancer nurse is part of the Turnbull Government’s almost $6 million in funding to continue support the Prostate Cancer Nurse program, where 15 locations across Australia, including Bunbury, will benefit from the announcement.

“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,” Mrs Marino said.

“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.

“St John of God in Bunbury will continue to have their prostate cancer specialist nurse funded through the program to provide a prostate cancer nurse for our local area.

“This will ensure men with cancer, and their families, receive the support and information they need.”

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.

“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,” Mrs Marino said.

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.