Breast care nurse numbers boosted with $27m in funding

Australian families dealing with the reality of breast cancer have been given some much-needed hope, with the number of breast care nurses to almost double, thanks to a funding injection.

The Federal Government is pledging $27 million to pay for 41 more specialist nurses for the McGrath Foundation. It already pays for 57 of the foundation’s 120 nurses.

The organisation was founded in 2005 by cricketer Glenn McGrath and his wife Jane, who was battling breast cancer at the time.


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She died in 2008, but her husband and best friend, Tracy Bevan, continued the plight to raise money to place the specialist nurses in the homes of all Australians dealing with the disease.

Health Minister Greg Hunt today said the McGrath Foundation’s great work is one of the reasons Australia has one of the highest breast cancer survival rates at five years.

The announcement coincides with Jane McGrath Day at the SCG for the ‘Pink Test’ between Australia and India.

It’s hoped the test will generate $2.1m in donations for the foundation, which aims to fund a gap of $10m each year as part of its mission to have a breast care nurse for every Australian who needs one.

You can donate via the McGrath Foundation website.

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It is wonderful that women with breast cancer get this help, but it would be good if thought would be given to others. As someone in second recurrence for Ovarian Cancer I have had to face huge without any support. Share the help.