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MLHD Prostate Cancer Nurse continues vital work

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is pleased ongoing Federal Government funding for prostate cancer specialist nurses announced today means men and their families across Wagga Wagga and district will continue to access this vital service.

Manager Cancer Services and Innovation Angela Booth said, together with the funding contributed by MLHD, this announcement guarantees the coordinator’s position will continue in a full time capacity for a further three years.

“In the first year of the position, MLHD’s Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse/Care Coordinator Christine Britton has helped many families,” Ms Booth said.

“Today’s announcement is significant because it means that Ms Britton can continue her invaluable support to numerous men, and their families across the Riverina.”

Wagga Wagga is one of just 15 locations across Australia that has access to a cancer specialist nurse.

Ms Britton said she was pleased the Federal Government had acknowledged the important role that prostate cancer specialist nurses play especially in rural and regional areas.

Since January 2016, Ms Britton has supported more than 200 men, who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and their families.

“Christine helps them understand their cancer treatments and helps navigate the health system to make their journey as easy as possible,” Ms Booth said.

“She offers an extra level of emotional and practical support which was desperately needed and is now greatly appreciated by the men and their families.”

Ms Booth said she has also worked tirelessly throughout the year to raise prostate cancer awareness and the need for men to know their prostate cancer risk and get a PSA blood test. 

Christine Britton has also been guest speaker at numerous men’s health forums, Rotary and Apex dinners and community events in Wagga, Griffith, West Wyalong, Leeton, Berrigan, Lake Cargelligo, Hillston, Young, Lockhart, Carrathool, Ganmain, Ardlethan, Coolamon, and Gundagai. She has also conducted education sessions for medical staff across MLHD.

“We have four active Prostate Cancer Support Groups in MLHD and Christine has added an extra monthly prostate cancer morning tea which is proving extremely valuable for men and their families right across the district,” Ms Booth said.

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