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Information for those affected by Prostate Cancer



The PCFA Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service places nurses in selected hospitals across Australia as part of a national program. The nurses will be working in hospitals and with teams who provide care to men with prostate cancer.

The information included below is to answer commonly asked questions about the service, how it works and how it can be accessed.

- What is a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse?

- Is there a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse in my area?

- How can the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse help?

- How will I be able to access a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse?

- Is a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse available to private patients?

- If there is no Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse in my area / where else can I get help?


What is a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse?

There are lots of nurses throughout Australia working in a variety of jobs helping those affected by prostate cancer. A Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse is an experienced registered nurse who has received additional training to make them an expert nurse in prostate cancer care. The Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse works with a clear-cut structure to ensure you receive the same level of care from your nurse, no matter where you live.


Is there a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse in my area?

Nurses are employed in the following hospitals:

ACT

- Canberra Hospital

New South Wales

- Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney
- Orange Health Service
- Port Macquarie Hospital
- St George Hospital
- Tamworth Regional Hospital

Northern Territory

- Royal Darwin Hospital

Queensland

- Cairns Hospital
- Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane
- Mater Adult Hospital
- Rockhampton Hospital
- Townsville Hospital

South Australia

- Repatriation Hospital, Adelaide
- Royal Adelaide Hospital

Tasmania

- Launceston Hospital
- Royal Hobart Hospital

Victoria

- Austin Health
- Ballarat Health Services
- Barwon Health, Geelong
- Bendigo Health
- Latrobe Regional Hospital
- Mildura Base Hospital
- The Bays Hospital, Mornington
- Western Health Hospital, Footscray

Western Australia

- Hollywood Private Hospital
- St John of God Hospital, Bunbury

These nurses attended induction training on 4 - 5 August in Melbourne and have since commenced in their roles at their host hospitals.


How can the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse help?

The Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses work with your doctors and others involved in your care. They provide help to men and their families in all areas of prostate cancer care - whether you are newly diagnosed or have already had some treatment.

They are able to help you by:

  • Providing you with an ongoing point of contact and support
  • Assisting you access services both in the hospital and in your community during and after treatment
  • Providing you with reliable information about your diagnosis and treatment plan
  • Providing you with information on dealing with the effects of treatment and how to get further help to deal with specific problems you may be having
  • Coordinating your care - wherever you are in your cancer journey
  • Helping you access a support group

How will I be able to access the service?

  • You must be a patient of the hospital where the nurse is based to access this service
  • You can ask your hospital doctor to contact the nurse on your behalf
  • You can contact the service yourself
  • You can contact PCFA who can advise if the service is available in your area

This is a free service. It is available Monday to Friday during normal office hours. It is not an emergency service and you should contact your nearest emergency service for urgent issues.


Is the service available to private patients?

There are nurses located in both public and private settings but you must be a patient of the hospital to be able to access the service.


If there is no Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse in my area - where else can I get help?

Many hospital providers have nurses and social work services specifically to help those with cancer. Ask your doctor to put you in touch with your local services

Health Direct Australia is a 24 hour health advice line staffed by Registered Nursed to provide health advice. This is free to call from a land line 1800 022 222

The Cancer Council provide a wide range of services to support those affected by cancer. Contact your local Cancer Council to find out what is available in your area 13 11 20.

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