How patients like Tina from Blacktown Hospital will benefit from new investment in McGrath Breast Care Nurses

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Standing quietly with her family after a busy morning speaking with NSW Premier Chris Minns at Blacktown Hospital, Tina Doran shares a moment with McGrath Breast Care Nurses Melinda Aslin and Melissa Grady.

The “two Mels” have been supporting Tina throughout her breast cancer journey at Blacktown Hospital, and their little group – all dressed in fabulous pink – share an emotional embrace.

For patients like Tina, McGrath Breast Care Nurses like the “two Mels” makes all the difference in their cancer journey.

This visit from The Premier was to mark the announcement of additional funding for McGrath Breast Care Nurses across the state, and was attended by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Chief Executive, Graeme Loy, as well as Minister for Health Ryan Park, Minister for Women Jodie Harrison, Minister for Industrial Relations Sophie Cotsis and CEO McGrath Foundation Holly Masters.

The group was taken on a tour of Blacktown Hospital Cancer and Haematology Centre by Dr Matteo Carlino, seeing the treatment rooms and facilities that patients like Tina spend a lot of time during their treatment.

The $18.6 million investment over four years will see 29 new McGrath Breast Care Nurses providing free support to breast cancer patients in metro, regional and remote communities.

Eight of the 29 nurses have already commenced their new positions at Concord, St George, Taree, Blacktown, Gosford, Fairfield and Wollongong Hospitals.

The specially trained McGrath Breast Care Nurses provide free care, support and are a key point of contact for patients during their treatment. They become a trusted, consistent, and knowledgeable point of contact, and explain complicated aspects of treatment to patients, during what can be an incredibly stressful period.

“Too many of us know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer,” Premier Chris Minns said.

“It is a scary and a stressful time, and every bit of support counts.

“McGrath Breast Care Nurses give priceless support to patients and their families when they need it most.

“These specially trained nurses can make a big difference, and we’re pleased to be delivering on this commitment to support more people across NSW.”