Bairnsdale Regional Health Service is pleased to be partnering with the East Gippsland Biggest Blokes BBQ Committee and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to jointly fund the services of a Prostate Nurse from their Ross Street Campus by the end of this year.
Announced at last Friday’s East Gippsland Biggest Blokes BBQ, the addition of a Prostate Nurse to the range of services offered at BRHS’ Ross Street campus will provide even greater support for the health and wellbeing of men in our community.
Speaking at the lunch, BRHS Director of Allied Health, Community & Support Services, Brendan Coulton said, “Due to the strong advocacy work and fundraising of the Biggest Blokes Committee money raised from this event will be directed towards funding a Part time Prostate Nurse for East Gippsland over a three year period. BRHS will be contributing towards the fundraising to employ a 2 day a week nurse specialist who will provide a specialist clinical service for men with prostate cancer and who will also develop systems and networks within the region to enable health services to better support men with prostate cancer.”
The role will compliment and support referrals to current BRHS services including, oncology, continence clinic, visiting urologist, surgical services which will provide support to coordination of care.
“Approximately 12,000 men in East Gippsland are in the target age range (40-85+) for Prostate Cancer awareness and screening*. During 2012/13 there were a total of 173 men from the East Gippsland Local Government Area admitted to healthcare with a diagnosis of Prostate Cancer which represents 1.44% of the target age range in this region.” Brendan explained at the lunch, “Basically, that means that if there are 300 blokes at Friday’s event, approximately 4.32 of us will be diagnosed with prostate cancer over the next twelve months.”
When it comes to getting your health checked, tomorrow is better than next week and today is even better again. BRHS will be conducting FREE General Men’s Health Clinics on March 16th and 26th, with an appointment just a phone call away.
* source: health.vic.gov.au/healthstatistics updated 14.12.2011