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ANF commends Government on funding for prostate cancer nurses

Monday 15th July, 2013

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) today commended the Federal Government on a funding boost for specialist prostate cancer nurses.

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has announced an additional $7 million to help expand the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Program - which is Australia’s only prostate cancer specialist nursing service.

Men's health is often a neglected area of healthcare across the community

ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, welcomed the funding for the three-year program, saying that “men’s health is often a neglected area of healthcare across the community”.

“Statistics show that every year in Australia, more than 3,000 men die of prostate cancer, which is in fact higher than the number of women who die from breast cancer,” Ms Thomas said.

Additional funding will maintain the delivery of quality care and support to prostate cancer patients and their families

“That’s why the ANF commends the Federal Government on this additional funding to maintain the delivery of quality care and support to prostate cancer patients and their families.

“Since being launched in May last year by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the service has placed 12 highly educated  nurses in hospitals right across Australia and we hope that this additional funding will now allow for the recruitment of more nurses to the program.”

Ms Thomas said the Movember Foundation should also be congratulated for its $3.6 million in funding for the first part of the program.
 

The ANF, with over 230,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

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