Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed Australian Government funding for a specialist prostate cancer nurse in Bunbury.
The nurse will be based at St John of God Hospital and provide support for patients, their families and carers and enable greater care coordination of services for men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“The specially trained nurse will be of vital assistance for a person’s cancer journey from diagnosis onwards,” Mrs Marino said.
“The nurse will provide important information, care and practical and emotional support.”
“Prostate cancer has a high survival rate and I hope that by having a nurse in Bunbury it will also lead to better awareness of how to recognise symptoms and start treatment as soon as possible.”
Each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer – equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australian every year.
While prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 50, younger men with a history of prostate cancer in their family are at greater risk.
The Government has committed $6.2 million over three years to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to select sites, facilitate training and fund the placement of 14 new positions across the country.
The initiative will more than double – from 12 to 26 – the number of prostate cancer nurses employed through a pilot programme currently being run through the PCFA and the Movember Foundation.