BCNA works closely with breast care nurses and health professionals to make sure that the information and support needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer are met. Research shows that well informed patients are less anxious and better able to be involved in their breast cancer journey.
My Journey Kit and Hope & Hurdles
BCNA's primary information resources are:
- My Journey Kit for women diagnosed with early breast cancer
- Hope & Hurdles for women diagnosed with secondary breast cancer.
Both resources are regularly updated so that they include the most up-to-date information possible, and are endorsed by key breast cancer organisations and peak bodies such as the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and Cancer Nurses Society of Australia. They are provided to women free of charge.
NOTE: to obtain a login, enrol in the BCNA health professionals program
Sample packs of My Journey Kit and Hope & Hurdles are available to health professionals working with women diagnosed with breast cancer. Sample packs can be used to show women what will arrive in the mail, and they are also useful to help explain diagnosis and treatment.
- To order a sample pack, please fill in the online request form.
PLEASE NOTE: We ask that sample packs are not given out to women as BCNA's resources are regularly updated and sample packs can quickly become dated. We also believe that it is important that every woman is given the opportunity to be connected in to our ongoing programs of information and support through being added to our database.
You are welcome to place an order for a kit on a woman's behalf (with her consent), simply by entering her details into the online order form. The kit will then be sent to her directly by mail at no cost.
My Care Kit
My Care Kit contains a specially designed Berlei post-surgical bra and soft form/s. It is intended for women who have recently had breast surgery. The My Care Kit is provided through a partnership between BCNA and Berlei.
The My Care Kit bra features seams and lining that avoid pressure, extra hooks and eyes in the back to allow for any swelling, and soft form inserts that can be modified to size in a style that caters for support and comfort. It is designed to cover the post surgery period of up to12 weeks and can be worn during radiation treatment.
My Care Kit is available free of charge to women in Australia who undergo surgery for breast cancer, and is distributed via health professionals enrolled in the My Care Kit program.
Each My Care Kit also includes a DVD - Strengthen Your Recovery, a Pilates program following breast cancer surgery, a copy of our latest edition of The Beacon, information on how to order a My Journey Kit, a discount card from Berlei, and the Medicare External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program flyer.
The My Care Kit Guidelines contain more information about how to: enrol in the My Care Kit program, place orders online, and the step by step process for measuring a woman to determine her bra size.
- Download My Care Kit Guidelines
- Order a My Care Kit (please enrol as a provider first)
- Enrol as a My Care Kit provider
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 500 258.
Stay in touch
Health Professionals Update
The Health Professionals Update provides up-to-date information about BCNA's key resources and services for women, as well as the latest research and other news relevant to professionals working in breast cancer. The Update is sent quarterly by email.
The Beacon and The Inside Story
The Beacon is our free national magazine for women with breast cancer and their families and friends. The Inside Story is a supplement to The Beacon magazine and is specifically for women with secondary breast cancer.
NOTE: if you need multiple copies of The Beacon or The Inside Story for your workplace please phone 1800 500 258 or email email@example.com.
Brochures, booklets and fact sheets
BCNA produces a comprehensive range of brochures, booklets and fact sheets for women, their families and colleagues to assist during the cancer journey. These resources cover topics such as fertility, sexual wellbeing, pathology reports, depression, hair loss and travel insurance.
- You can order resources by selecting that you are ordering 'for your hospital / workplace' from the options on the Health Professionals order form.
NOTE: to obtain a login, enrol in the BCNA health professionals program.
Research Bulletins provide a range of credible and interesting breast cancer information including alerts about relevant events and conferences and research updates in four key areas of interest:
- family history and hereditary breast cancer
- young women and breast cancer
- secondary breast cancer
- women with breast cancer in rural and remote areas.
To subscribe to Research Bulletins, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request "Subscription to Research Bulletins". Please also provide your name, email address, and your area(s) of interest.
The Cancer Learning website
The Cancer Learning website, developed by Cancer Australia, is an online professional development website designed specifically for health care professionals working in cancer care.
- Frequently asked questions
- BCNA position statements
- BCNA consumer representatives
- Guide to navigating the Health Professionals section of the website