In June, BCNA staff attended the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) Annual Winter Congress in Perth. The congress is the major national conference attended by cancer nurses. It focused on the role of cancer nursing into the future.
This year, for the first time, the bi-annual Breast Care Nurse Conference was included as part of the CNSA Congress. This was appreciated by many delegates, as it provided breast care nurses with access to a wide range of other cancer-related research and treatment information, and gave other nurses an opportunity to become better informed about recent advances in breast cancer.
As part of the close working relationship BCNA has with breast care nurses and the CNSA, we were delighted to be able to support the congress through sponsorship, presentations, and a display stand of our information resources.
Danielle Spence, BCNA’s secondary breast cancer adviser, presented on BCNA’s advocacy role. She outlined the work we do with our members and health professionals to identify gaps in information, treatment and care for women, and to advocate for improvements. The nurses were extremely interested in BCNA’s recent advocacy for changes to the superannuation legislation to allow earlier access to a tax-free lump sum payment for people with a terminal illness, and our work to support listing of new breast cancer drugs on the PBS.
BCNA also supported a presentation by Melbourne breast care nurse Leanne Storer on her work with women from culturally diverse backgrounds. Her presentation highlighted the work jointly done by BCNA and breast care nurses to produce our new bilingual resources for women diagnosed with early breast cancer. Leanne spoke about the challenges she has faced when unable to provide women with reliable, evidence-based information in their own languages, and the difference BCNA’s resources have made.
BCNA will continue to support the vital work of breast care nurses and other cancer nurses. If you don’t have a breast care nurse, or would like to find one in your area, visit the McGrath Foundation’s breast care nurse directory at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au.