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McGrath Specialist Breast Care Nurses

What it does

The Commonwealth-supported McGrath Foundation breast care nurses are trained, registered nurses who provide information, care, and practical and emotional support to women diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and carers.

The Commonwealth provides funding for the placement of 57 breast care nurses in communities across Australia. Around 87% of these nurses are located in rural and remote communities.

State/ TerritoryRural/remote areasMetropolitan areas
Moree, Armidale, Shoalhaven, Mudgee, Bathurst, Grafton, Griffith, Cooma Monaro, Young, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, LismoreHornsby, North Sydney, Campbelltown, Queanbeyan
Warragul, Bairnsdale, Sale, Ballarat, Horsham, Colac, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Benalla, Swan Hill, MorningtonGeelong
Cairns, Mackay, Mt Isa, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Warwick, Dalby, Roma, Townsville-
Bunbury, Geraldton, Albany, Geraldton, NarroginMandurah
Wallaroo, Barmera, Victor Harbor, Port Pirie, Mt Gambier, Murray Bridge-
Darwin (Royal Darwin Hospital), Darwin (Alan Walker Clinic), Alice Springs -

*Bolded locations will take up their positions in 2014-15

The McGrath Foundation is a high profile organisation. It raises revenue through fund-raising, donations and merchandising.

Australian Government funding for the Breast Cancer Nurses initiative began in 2008-09 with a $12.6 million commitment through to June 2013. In 2013-14 $18.5 million was committed to the McGrath Foundation for four years to 2016-17 to continue and expand the programme from 44 to 57 McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions.

What it achieves

The Commonwealth supported breast care nurses have improved the access of women in rural and regional areas to the support and care of a trained breast care nurse.

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