The Australian government is committed to continuing to support the McGrath Foundation breast care nurses with a $ 3 million investment in 2021.
The funding will support nursing professionals working with breast cancer. The investment will also fund a scoping project to further improvise patient care.
Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack said: “Australian breast care nurses support our breast cancer patients and their families with personal care and genuine compassion. They improve the quality of care in many ways, ranging from fewer specialist appointments, to better understanding and clarity, to more confidence and reduced anxiety. The McGrath Foundation has done a tremendous job and I express my deep gratitude to the McGrath Foundation Breast Nurses and all Breast Care Nurses for their unparalleled commitment to supporting breast cancer patients. .
Health and Seniors Minister Greg Hunt said comments from the draft scoping will help inform the continued development of advanced cancer nursing roles.
The McGrath Foundation will form a stakeholder working group to guide this project and provide a report to the government in the second half of 2021.
The Australian Breast Care Nursing Network (BCN) works in multidisciplinary teams to coordinate care from diagnosis and throughout treatment, free of charge.
Women’s Minister Senator Marise Payne thanked Australian breast care nurses, saying they are helping women with breast cancer and their families navigate the often complex world of hospitals and nursing services. oncology.
“These nurses are making life better across Australia. They listen, guide and support people with breast cancer and their families with quality health advice and care. This holistic care includes physical, psychological and emotional support for people with breast cancer and their families, ”said Senator Payne.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, with around 19,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, along with more than 160 men.
The government is already providing funding to support the recruitment, training and employment of breast care nurses through the McGrath Foundation.
This funding is in addition to government funding of $ 38 million to the McGrath Foundation from 2019-20 to 2022-2023 to increase the number of Commonwealth-funded breast nurses from 57 to 102 positions.