Our State of the Nation project continues to gather momentum. Through this project we are identifying gaps in treatment and care for people with breast cancer right across the country.
Thank you to all those who completed our Member Survey – more than 10,000 of you! These responses have given us a good understanding of the unmet needs we need to explore through consultations around the country.
We have now had more than 3,000 face-to-face meetings with our members and will have covered every state and territory by the end of September.
It will not surprise many of you that we are hearing about gaps in services and supports for those who have finished their active treatment (surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy). This is a time when all the contact you have been having with your treating team suddenly ends and you, your family and friends may expect things to return to ‘normal’. However, we know this is not the case for many people.
As we have travelled around the country, we have also been alerted to local issues. Some of these have been fixed with a simple conversation. Others have required the power of our collective voices, knowledge of the healthcare system and state lobbying to reach a good outcome. One example is our ongoing efforts on behalf of the women of Far North Queensland, who told us they have been waiting more than seven years for a breast reconstruction. See our website for more information.
Another important aspect of the State of the Nation project has been to acknowledge the services that have been providing good care for those affected by breast cancer – from local hairdressers to health professionals and large public hospitals. We want to let these services and people know they are doing a good job and thank them for their hard work.
Advocacy has always been the foundation of BCNA, and the State of the Nation project brings into sharp focus all that we have achieved over 20 years. However, it sadly highlights how much is still to be done.
The State of the Nation report will be released in early 2018. It will provide practical and workable solutions to ensure that there is a better journey for you and those who follow you.
If you have an issue you would like to discuss with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Helpline on 1800 500 258.