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McGrath Specialist Breast Care Nurses
What it doesThe 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.
Commonwealth supported breast care nurses are in place in 44 communities across Australia. 89% of these nurses are located in rural and remote communities.
|State/ Territory||Rural/remote areas||Metropolitan areas|
|NSW (14)||Moree, Armidale, Shoalhaven, Mudgee, Bathurst, Grafton, Griffith, Cooma, Monaro, Young, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga.||Hornsby, North Sydney, Campbelltown|
|VIC (11)||Warragul, Bairnsdale, Sale, Ballarat, Horsham, Colac, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Benalla, Swan Hill||Geelong|
|QLD (10)||Cairns, Mackay, Mt Isa, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Warwick, Dalby, Roma||-|
|WA (3)||Bunbury, Geraldton, Albany||-|
|SA (3)||Wallaroo, Barmera, Victor Harbor||-|
The McGrath Foundation is a high profile organisation. It raises revenue through fund-raising, donations and merchandising.
The Breast Cancer Nurses initiative was announced in the May 2008-09 Federal Budget with a $12.6 million commitment through to June 2013. On 5 January 2013, the Prime Minister announced that a further $18.5 million will be provided to the McGrath Foundation for four years from 2013-14 to 2016-17 to continue funding the 44 existing McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions, and expand the program by approximately 13 new nurses, to support the new Regional Cancer Centres and outer metropolitan areas where there is a great unmet need.
What it achievesThe McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, as well as increasing breast awareness in young Australian women.
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