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Media releases 08 May 2017

Cairns Hospital announces special clinic for women awaiting breast reconstruction

Cairns Hospital has today announced that two local plastic surgeons and four visiting plastic surgeons from Brisbane’s Mater Hospital will hold a special weekend clinic in May for local women who have had breast cancer surgery and are currently on the waiting list for breast reconstruction.

The consultations will allow each woman to have her individual case assessed.

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Clare Douglas said the hospital is committed to improving services for women who require breast reconstruction surgery in the Far North.

“Breast reconstruction surgery is a highly specialised area and the Health Service, like others across the State, has had challenges recruiting to this area. We are in the final stages of recruiting a well-qualified plastic surgeon, and we hope the special weekend clinic will provide women on the waiting list more clarity about their journey forward,” Ms Douglas said.  

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) CEO Christine Nolan said her organisation welcomes the announcement and hopes the proposed plan will be the beginning of a better breast cancer journey for women in Far North Queensland. 

“We have been working closely with Cairns Hospital regarding the long wait times for breast reconstruction surgery. This is a wonderful example of how organisations such as BCNA can work with the healthcare system to support women,” Christine said.

“The clinic will give women on the waiting list the opportunity to discuss the reconstruction options available to them so they can make decisions about what might be best for them. We hope Cairns Hospital will continue to work with the women to ensure the best possible outcome for each of them,” she said.

“I particularly want to acknowledge the local women who have spoken up for themselves and others to raise awareness of this important issue.”