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Jane’s angels grow wings

Wednesday, 22nd June, 2011

JANE McGRATH: A new breast care nurse will be based in Broken Hill thanks to the McGrath Foundation, the RFDS and Elders. JANE McGRATH: A new breast care nurse will be based in Broken Hill thanks to the McGrath Foundation, the RFDS and Elders.

The full-time position, the first of its kind in Australia, will be funded by the McGrath Foundation.

Based locally, the nurse will fly with the RFDS to visit families in Far Western NSW as well as South West Queensland and North Eastern South Australia.

It is the 67th McGrath Elders Breast Care Nurse position to be funded by the McGrath Foundation, established by the late Jane McGrath, wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn.

But it is the first position to include the RFDS as a partner.

Jane McGrath died of breast cancer in 2008. The McGrath Foundation’s Tracy Bevan said her late friend dreamt that every Australian family experiencing breast cancer would have access to a breast care nurse no matter where they lived or their financial situation.

“The placement of the McGrath Elders Breast Care Nurse brings us one step closer to the realisation of this dream as we reach out to some of the most remote locations in our country,” Ms Bevan said.

“I know that my friend Jane would be so happy to see how far we’ve come, with 62 McGrath Breast Care Nurses currently working and another six positions funded and ready to be placed, growing our network to 67.

“There are literally now McGrath Breast Care Nurses in every state and territory throughout Australia and to see them take flight - well, it’s like Jane’s angels have grown wings!”

Ms Bevan said that so far, McGrath Breast Care Nurses have helped support over 8,500 Australian families through a breast cancer experience.

Chief Medical Officer for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section, Dr Anne Wakatama said: “We are delighted to welcome the McGrath Elders Breast Care Nurse into the Flying Doctor “family”. 

“The position will be an invaluable and much-needed addition to our primary health care team, providing support and empowering families through accurate and timely information and referral services during what is naturally a very stressful time.”


 

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