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Increasing the numbers of Specialist Prostate Cancer Nurses

Nev Black

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[The following is part of an email from Professor Jeff Dunn AO Chief Executive Officer PCFA advising the increasing numbers of Specialist Prostate Cancer Nurses throughout Australia over the next 2 years.

Specialist Prostate Cancer Nurses are such a valuable addition to aid the improvement to the quality of life for men with prostate cancer and their families. Nev Black]


From: Professor Jeff Dunn AO <jeff.dunn@pcfa.org.au>
Sent: Sunday, 14 June 2020 5:03 PM



Following a lengthy Expression of Interest process, today we have announced with the Commonwealth Government the new sites for expansion of our Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service around Australia. 


The Commonwealth Government has provided co-funding support for the Program since 2013, funding 29 nurses located in hospital and health services nationwide, with additional nurses employed thanks to community donations.

Encouragingly, the 2019-2020 Federal Budget included funding for continuation and expansion of the Program over the three-year period from July 2020 to June 2023, providing support for up to 34 Full Time Equivalent new prostate cancer nurses from July this year.

Notably, more than 34 new nurses will be employed under the expansion, with some of the positions to be hired under part-time arrangements.


For your information, I have attached existing PCSNs along with a list of the new sites shortlisted for funding over the next two years of the expansion, subject to the co-signing of funding agreements with each of the hospitals selected.

As you will see, under the terms of the funding agreement, the placement of new nurses will be phased over the three-year funding period.

A copy of PCFA’s media release, which will be published on our website today and publicised in national news media.


As you know, our Specialist Nurses play a vital role in coordinating the care of men with prostate cancer from the point of diagnosis across the continuum of care, including the management of side-effects and symptoms of treatment throughout survivorship and recovery.

 Working with hospitals and health services, PCFA assists in all aspects of the recruitment, training, and professional development of nurses employed under the program, as well as producing consumer resources to support the program and managing program-specific data collection and independent program evaluation.


Thousands of Australian men with prostate cancer and their families will benefit from the expansion of this life-changing service, with about 40 new facilities involved in this expansion over the next three years.


Current estimates suggest by 2040 there will be about 372,000 men in Australia living with or beyond prostate cancer, representing a 76 per cent increase from 211,000 today and the greatest number of men or women diagnosed with any single cancer. Of concern to PCFA, About 13,000 Australian men and families currently lack access to specialist prostate cancer nursing support, a number set to grow without investment in new nurses and telenursing services to reach those in need.


We can be proud of our work to champion survivorship and I am particularly proud of our emergency appeal for a new Telenursing Service.

This is a milestone for our Network. I convey my gratitude to each of you for your advocacy in support of our nurses. I also acknowledge the tireless work of our Director of Nursing Programs, Sally Sara, supported by an exceptional team of existing Specialist Nurses who demonstrate the importance of this program every single day, changing men’s lives for the better.


With best wishes 



2020 – 21 Prostate Cancer Specialist Service

New Locations


1. Bundaberg & Hervey Bay Cancer Centres (Wide Bay HHS)

2. Mackay Cancer Centre & Base Hospital

3. Redcliffe (Metro North HHS)


4. Broken Hill (Far West Local Health Network)

5. NSW Westmead Hospital (Western Sydney LHD)

6. NSW Coffs Harbour Health Campus (Mid North Coast LHD)

7. NSW Prince of Wales Hospital (Randwick)

8. NSW Dubbo Health Service (Western NSW LHD)

9. NSW Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney)

10. NSW Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney LHD)


11. Wangaratta (Northeast Health Service)

12. Warrnambool (South West Health)

13. Horsham Wimmera (Western Health)

14. St Vincent’s Private & Public (Fitzroy)


15. Launceston 


16. Joondalup Cancer Centre

17. WA Country Health Service

18. Fiona Stanley Hospital (South Metro Health Service) 19. Genesis Care Cancer Centres Wembley & Nedlands  ACT

20.Canberra Health Service 


21. Genesis Care Cancer Centres (covering 4 sites)

22. Mt Gambier (Limestone Coast LHN)

23. Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Central Adelaide LHN)

24. Pt Lincoln Health Service (Eyre & Far North LHN)


2021  2022  Prostate Cancer Specialist Service New Locations


1. Genesis Care Southport Gold Coast

2. Cairns & Hinterland Health Service

3. Townsville Cancer Centre & Health Service

4. Ipswich Hospital (West Moreton Hospital and Health Service)


5. Shoalhaven Cancer Centre (Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD

6. Tamworth Hospital (Hunter New England LHD)

7. Camden/Campbelltown Hospitals (South West Sydney LHD)

8. Bega/Moruya Hospitals (Southern NSW LHD)

9. Northern NSW Cancer Services Lismore (Northern NSW LHD)


10. Genesis Care Cabrini Hospital (Malvern)


11. Yorke & Northern Cancer Services Pt Pirie (Yorke & Northern LHN)


12. Hollywood Private Hospital Cancer Centre (Nedlands)

13. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (North Metropolitan Health Service)

15. WA Genesis Care Mandurah (Peel Health Region)


14. Royal Hobart Hospital



Existing Prostate Cancer Specialist Service Locations



1.  Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

2.  Calvary Mater Hospital Central Coast Cancer Centre

3.  Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

4.  Illawarra Cancer Centre

5.  Macquarie University Hospital

6.  Murrumbidgee Local Health District

7.  North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth

8.  Orange Hospital

9.  Port Macquarie Base Hospital

10. St George Hospital

11. South West Sydney

   12. Local Health District Nepean Blue Mountains


13. Canberra Hospital


14. Cairns Hospital

15. Greenslopes Private

16. Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

17. Mater Adults Hospital

18. Rockhampton Hospital

19. Princess Alexandra

20. St. Andrew's Toowoomba

      Toowoomba General Hospital

21. Sunshine Coast University Hospital

22. Townsville Hospital


23. Flinders Medical Centre

24. Royal Adelaide Hospital


25. Launceston General

26. Royal Hobart Hospital


27. Royal Darwin Hospital


28. The Alfred Hospital

29. Austin Health

30. Bairnsdale Health Service

31. Ballarat Health Services

32. Barwon Health

33. The Bays Hospital

34. Bendigo Hospital

35. Box Hill Hospital

36. Casey Hospital

37. Echuca Regional Health

38. Goulburn Valley Health

39. Latrobe Regional Hospital

40. Mildura Base Hospital

41. Moorabbin Hospital

42. Western Health Service

43. Central Gippsland Health


44. Hollywood Private

45. Hospital Perth

46. Shenton House

47. St John of God Bunbury

48. St John of God Murdoch



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Thanks for the info Nev. There is one Pca nurse at Canberra Hospital who is very good at her job when I want email her about appointments or other info and she knows how to email back. Many doctors or other staff in hospital will not use email, and their voices on any phone are so hard to decypher that phones are useless. I hear the news on ABC radio perfectly, so I don't need a hearing aid, but its the rest of the world that "can't talk proper" any more. 

But I have just been referred again to Theranostics Australia and I'll have to download ZOOM because Skype not to be used any longer but Genesis Care who do the admin work for TA understand how to use emails. All is well, I have no symptoms, but Psa is galloping upward, so maybe I get more Lu177. 

Regards to all, Patrick Turner. 

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Patrick, I am sorry to hear that your PSA has climbed to that level.

Best wishes for your future treatment at Theranostics Australia.

Have had lots of good reports about many wonderful specialist prostate cancer nurses. Pleased to hear that has also been the case in Canberra.


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