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BCNA News 21 Jun 2018

Ministers respond to BCNA's State of the Nation report

BCNA member Emily sharing her breast cancer experience

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) proudly released its much-anticipated State of the Nation report last month.

After hearing from up to 15,000 members about their experiences with their breast cancer treatment and care, on June 20 BCNA launched the report at Parliament House in Canberra.

The report shows that despite major advances in treatment and services over the past 20 years, the gold standard of breast cancer care that Australians should expect is still not available to everyone.

In response to the report, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt, announced three commitments on behalf of the Federal Government:

  1. To reduce ‘bill shock’ by establishing a government web portal to help consumers understand their out-of-pocket costs for common breast cancer tests and treatments.
  2. A guarantee that a Coalition Government will list on Medicare any breast cancer tests and treatments that are recommended by the Medical Services Advisory Committee.
  3. To work with state and territory governments to improve access to lymphoedema compression garment subsidies and create a national standard.

Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, the Hon. Catherine King, also assured BCNA of her continued support for women with metastatic breast cancer saying:

'In the last election campaign, we made a very strong commitment to metastatic breast cancer. I think it is an area of significantly unfinished business. I certainly hope that we have the opportunity to make similar announcements in the lead up to the election.'

Advocacy has always been at the heart of BCNA, and State of the Nation provides the blueprint for many more years of rigorous advocacy. BCNA’s goal is to improve the lives of those affected by breast cancer who are missing out today, and to make sure that no one misses out tomorrow.

Until every Australian – no matter who they are, or where they live – receives the very best support, information, treatment and care, BCNA will not stop.

 Click here to read the State of the Nation report