16 October 2017

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is pleased to announce the locations for an additional 14 Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses across Australia as part of PCFA’s Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service.  

The new recruits will join the 29 existing specialist nurses who are currently working in hospitals across the country, bringing the total to 43. These nurses provide vital information, care and support for patients and their families, within a multidisciplinary team, and improved access to specialists and services. They also provide coordination of care from diagnosis onwards.

The following locations will host a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse:

  1. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, NSW
  2. The Alfred Hospital, VIC
  3. Central Coast Cancer Centre, NSW
  4. Moorabbin Hospital, VIC
  5. St John of God Murdoch, WA
  6. Illawarra Cancer Centre, NSW
  7. Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, NSW
  8. Box Hill Hospital, VIC
  9. South West Sydney Local Health District (Liverpool, Campbelltown, Bankstown and Fairfield), NSW
  10. Casey Hospital, VIC
  11. Sunshine Coast Hospital Public, QLD
  12. Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD
  13. Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA
  14. Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle, NSW

The expansion of the specialist service has been made possible after the Federal Government allocated a further $ 5.9 million over three years as part of the 2017-18 Federal budget announcements.

Associate Professor Anthony Lowe, Chief Executive Officer of PCFA, says more families will benefit from these vital services thanks to this continued financial support. “The additional 14 nurses will change the lives of more Australians who are dealing with a prostate cancer diagnosis. For many men, their diagnosis is the first time they have given prostate cancer a thought. Most have no understanding of the disease or treatment and it can cause a lot of fear and uncertainty. Friends and families are vital, but specialist nurses have the knowledge and skills to help men at all stages in their cancer journey – diagnosis, treatment and aftercare.”

“We recognise that more nurses are needed so that every man and their family who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer has access to this vital source of support and are working hard to achieve that outcome through the community/Government partnership funding model,” says Associate Professor Anthony Lowe.

For a full list of the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses locations, please click here.