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BCNA News 07 Feb 2020

Welcome to 2020

Welcome to our first edition of Network News for 2020. It has been a difficult holiday period for many with the bushfire crisis and now the growing awareness of coronavirus.

We have been working with some of our members in the bushfire areas to help in any way we can and ensure they feel supported by us. Our friends at Berlei have offered to replace any My Care Kit bras that were destroyed in the fires, so if this has happened to you please contact our Helpline on 1800 500 258 and our team will be able to assist you.

We know that breast cancer never takes a break, so if you were diagnosed over the holiday period, or if you have just connected with BCNA this year, I’d like to offer a warm welcome to our network. I hope this monthly newsletter keeps you feeling informed, supported and connected. If you ever have questions or want more information, remember that BCNA is just a phone call or email away.

Our My Journey online tool continues to grow, providing you up-to-date, reliable and practical information specifically tailored to your individual breast cancer diagnosis, no matter where you live.  It is so important to know that every day we add new or revised content and that the tool is there for you at every stage. So if you any question or concerns, even if you were diagnosed many years ago, the tool will be able to help.

This year we will be working to continue identifying and calling out the issues facing people with breast cancer, such as the financial impact of breast cancer treatment and care, inequities for people living in rural and regional areas, the need for better access to allied health services, and the need for greater understanding and support for those with metastatic breast cancer. We would love you to let us know about any issues you see or are affected by that may support our advocacy work with government at all levels.

We will also be looking for members interested in becoming a BCNA Consumer Representative to participate in our new training program. Consumer Representatives are appointed to breast cancer advisory committees, assist with research, provide input to services assisting affected people and review grant applications. If you are interested in finding out more, please check here or email satt@bcna.org.au.

We have a lot planned for this year so please keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and Instagram for updates and announcements.

I look forward to connecting with each of you this year, in one way or another.

Kirsten Pilatti

Chief Executive Officer
Breast Cancer Network Australia