Information for those affected by Prostate Cancer
The PCFA Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service is a new program to trial nurses in both Metropolitan and Regional Australia. 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 will work and how it will be accessible.
> 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 the service?
> Is the service available to private patients?
> If there is no Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse in my area - where else can I get help?
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 will work with a clear-cut structure to ensure you receive the same level of care from your nurse, no matter where you live.
Nurses are employed in the following hospitals:
- Austin Health, VIC
- Bendigo Hospital, VIC
- Canberra Hospital, ACT
- Darwin Hospital, NT
- Hollywood Private Hospital, WA
- Latrobe Regional Hospital, VIC
- Launceston General Hospital, TAS
- Mater Adults Hospital, QLD
- Royal Adelaide Hospital , SA
- Royal Hobart Hospital, TAS
- Tamworth Hospital, NSW
- Townsville Hospital, QLD
The Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses will work with your doctors and others involved in your care. They will 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 will be 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
- You must be a patient of the hospital where the nurse is based to access this service
- You will be able to ask your hospital doctor to contact the nurse on your behalf
- You will be able to contact the service yourself
- You can contact PCFA who can advise if the service is available in your area
This will be a free service. It will be 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.
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.
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 provides 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.