Our funding has enabled the McGrath Foundation to employ a second Breast Care Nurse based in Newcastle. Breast care nurses are essential in improving outcomes for people diagnosed with breast cancer by acting as patient advocates, coordinating care, and ensuring their physical, psychological and emotional needs are met.
This year over 850 individuals will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the Hunter New England and Central Coast region and over 1,000 people will require support and care. The McGrath Breast Care Nurse provides invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support to families from diagnosis and throughout treatment.
The support of a Breast Care Nurse is given to those who need it free of charge and can be accessed through self-referral. The McGrath Breast Care Nurse provides advanced breast care management across the care continuum to patients from the point of diagnosis, through treatment, rehabilitation, follow-up and palliative care, where appropriate, in accordance with recognised clinical practice guidelines.
Since its inception in 2005, the McGrath Foundation has supported over 44,000 families experiencing breast cancer from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment. Over the last 5 years alone, they have grown the McGrath Breast Care Nurse workforce by 75%.
The McGrath Foundation's Breast Cancer Nurse Initiative was evaluated in 2012 and was found to be an evidence-based model for improving the quality of care for women with breast cancer. Women who had access to a McGrath Breast Care Nurse were unequivocal in their view that the McGrath Breast Care Nurse enhanced their quality of life.
Nurse Unit Manager, Mater Hospital
"I am forever grateful for the assistance the McGrath Foundation have provided in funding MBCN positions and see every day the positive impact this has on our patients and our community"
We support charity and community organisations that help Improve Life Outcomes in the places we call home. Take a look at our full list of partners and see where we're supporting a community near you!