Limestone Coast men with prostate cancer and their families can now benefit from an expansion of the Australian Government’s Prostate Cancer Nurses Program.

The Government will invest $23 million 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, welcomes newly appointed prostate cancer nurse, Tracy Bryant to the Limestone Coast.  Ms Bryant commenced her .5 FTE role based in Mt Gambier in November 2020 and has already made an impact within the region providing face to face clinical services and connecting with locals to raise awareness.

“So many Australian men and their families have had their lives turned upside down by prostate cancer, so 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 that they do not have to face this diagnosis alone,” Mr Pasin said.

“Prostate cancer is estimated to be the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australian men in 2020, with an estimated 3,152 deaths.” Mr Pasin said.

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

The Coalition Government is committed to improving health outcomes for men with prostate cancer and the provision of specialised nurses, medical services is a significant step towards that outcome.