| January 17, 2017

Continued funding for McGrath Breast Care Nurses at GV Health

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, says on-going funding has been secured for the two McGrath Breast Care Nurses at GV Health.


The funding is part of the Coalition Government’s $20.5 million commitment to fund 57 McGrath Breast Care nursing positions across Australia.


‘A cancer diagnosis not only affects one person, it affects entire families and communities,’ Mr Drum said. ‘This important funding will ensure breast cancer patients in the Goulburn Valley continue to receive high quality support from GV Health’s McGrath Breast Care Nurses, Michelle Parish and Kerry Patford.’


The federal funding will ensure GV Health retains Michelle Parish and Kerry Patford for the next 4 years from July 2017.


‘I’m delighted these nurses can continue their important work in the Goulburn Valley,’ Mr Drum said. ‘Ms Parish is based in Shepparton and treats approximately 600 in- and out-patients. Ms Patford is based in Benalla and travels throughout the Murray electorate to treat patients.’


McGrath Breast Care Nurses work in the home environment and in hospitals, providing medical, psychological and emotional support to people diagnosed with breast cancer.


‘I also commend the excellent cancer treatment work carried out at the Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre under the leadership of GV Health interim chief executive Dr Max Alexander,’ Mr Drum said. ‘I look forward to working with the new GV Health CEO Mr Trevor Saunders to ensure the best outcomes for patients’.


Since 2013, Commonwealth-funded McGrath Breast Care Nurses have supported about 15,000 people across Australia.

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