BCNA News 05 Jan 2019
L-R: McGrath Foundation CEO Holly Masters, McGrath Foundation Ambassador Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation President Glenn McGrath, BCNA CEO Kirsten Pilatti and BCNA Board Member Professor Fran Boyle at the 2019 Pink Test at the SCG
Breast Cancer Network Australia with the McGrath Foundation have been advocating for increased funding for breast care nurses in Australia and the Federal Government is now taking action.
In a seismic step forward $27 million will go toward training an additional 41 breast care nurses over the next four years. Importantly more than 30 of those nurses will be dedicated to supporting those with metastatic breast cancer which is strong acknowledgment that metastatic disease is a chronic and complex condition with different issues to early breast cancer.
Our members have told us that they view a breast care nurse as the pivotal member of their care team, someone who understands their needs and history. BCNA’s State of the Nation report that was presented to Federal Parliament in 2018 identified that almost one in five people didn’t have adequate access to a breast cancer nurse and many others such as those in rural areas or with private health cover had no access at all.
The chronic shortage of breast care nurses was listed in the report as a priority for urgent action and BCNA called on the country’s decision makers to address the unmet need.
Breast Cancer Network Australia CEO Kirsten Pilatti said "The combined, continuous efforts of the McGrath Foundation, BCNA and our members has produced an outstanding result. The number of breast care nurses will double and that will make a very real difference to the lives of Australians affected by breast cancer. "