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Announcement from Steve Callister – Federal Funding for Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses

Nev Black

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[Please find attached an important announcement from PCFA National Chairman, Steve Callister. The original letter is in the attached Pdf at the bottom of the page. Nev]


3 April 2019

Dear Support Group Leaders, Members and Ambassadors

I am very pleased to write to you all this morning with positive news from last night’s Federal Budget, regarding the continuation and expansion of PCFA’s Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses Program (PCSN).

 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) has welcomed the announcement in the Budget from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg of $17.4m being invested over 3 years commencing 2020-21 for the expansion of PCFA’s Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Program.

 The PCFA Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Program provides care and support to men and their families affected by prostate cancer through all stages of their disease from diagnosis and treatment to side-effect management and after care. Many of the nurses attend and participate in Support Group activities recognising the importance of your community initiatives.

Currently PCFA has 48 nurses placed in 45 locations around Australia. 28 of these nurses are currently funded by the Commonwealth Government. The balance of 20 nurses are funded by PCFA through community and philanthropic funds. PCFA will be looking at placing the additional 34 new Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses funded by the Federal Government in the areas of highest need, including regional areas.


As per my previous letter, PCFA made a submission to the Government in September last year and have visited Canberra on many occasions since. The current standing of the PCSN program with men and their families, PCFA’s reputation for creating and implementing clinical frameworks for the current program and assistance from the community, such as yourselves has achieved this outcome which will benefit thousands of people. This funding more than doubles the federally funded nurses across Australia and is a testament to the level of care PCSNs provide.


I would like to acknowledge those Support Groups who wrote to their local Member and Parliamentarians advocating the recommendation for an increase in PCSN’s in Australia.

We thank you for your continued efforts to support men and women who have been affected by prostate cancer, and raise awareness in your local community.

Yours sincerely

Steve Callister

National Chairman


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