Federal funding expands men’s health program

Limestone Coast men with prostate cancer and their families can now benefit from an expansion of a Prostate Cancer Nurses program.  

The Federal Government will invest $23m in the program through the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia over the next three years to support existing prostate cancer nurses and place specialist nurses in over 40 new locations.  

Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed newly appointed prostate cancer nurse Tracy Bryant to the Limestone Coast.

Ms Bryant started her role based in Mount Gambier in November and has already made an impact within the region providing face to face clinical services and connecting with locals to raise awareness. 

Ms Bryant said she had been very busy since starting her role, with referrals coming through word of mouth and direct from urologists servicing the South
East. 

Mr Pasin said many Australian men and their families have had their lives turned upside down by prostate cancer.

“I’m very pleased to have secured support of a specialised nurse for the Limestone Coast,” Mr Pasin said. 

“This funding sends a message to men with prostate cancer they do not have to face this diagnosis alone.

“Prostate cancer is estimated to be the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australian men in 2020, with an estimated 3152 deaths.”

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