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Every 30 minutes, one of our fathers, sons, or brothers hears the news they have prostate cancer. In fact, prostate cancer is the most common cancer present in Australia today, with nearly 230,000 men alive after a diagnosis.

By 2040, that number is set to increase by nearly 70%, to more than 370,000, with massively growing need for our services and support.

If you or your family have been affected, you’ll know the toll that prostate cancer can take on men’s physical and mental health. The good news is – we’re here to help.

We provide support and care that no other organisation offers, and we can’t do it without vital donations from Dry July:

• We send thousands of information kits to men, their families, and the community each year.
• We fund over 80 Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses in hospitals Australia-wide, including 5 nurses funded by Dry July.
• We run Australia’s only dedicated Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenursing Service, so you can call us from home when you need help.
• We facilitate a national Support Group Network and Online Community, bringing thousands of men together each year to overcome prostate cancer.

Over the past five years alone, we’ve funded more than $30 million in game-changing research.

Why go Dry this July for us?

With growing need for our services, and thousands of Australian men and families struggling with prostate cancer, we need your help.

When you go Dry this July for PCFA, you’ll be supporting our hospital-based Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses, as well as funding our life-changing Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenursing Service.

Our Specialist Nurses provide vital outreach and care for families who have had their worlds turned upside down by prostate cancer. Better still, you can be guaranteed of our support from the day of your family’s diagnosis and the years ahead.

Your donations go a long way

$25 can give a newly diagnosed man a tailored information pack to help explain the road ahead.
$50 can cover the cost of screening a newly diagnosed patient for depression and anxiety, ensuring he is referred for mental health support.
$100 can cover the cost of follow-up care and support, so that men and families have consistent care, throughout their treatment.
$250 can help to cover the cost of a community awareness presentation, so that we can educate Australian men about genetic and family risks.
$500 can cover the costs of training a new nurse on the harsh side-effects of treatment, so that we can help men through their toughest challenges.

Latest Updates

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital welcomes Natasha Roberts, a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse to the team!

Last month Dry July Foundation Beneficiary Program Manager, Zoe Burrell, met with newly recruited Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse, Natasha Roberts, at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Natasha’s position has been made possible thanks to funds raised during the 2019 Dry July campaign.

In 2019, Dry July participants that selected Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia raised over $430,000. These funds, plus an additional grant from Dry July Foundation, went to the PCFA Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing program.

Featured in photo from left to right - 

Zoe Burrell - Dry July Foundation Beneficiary Program Manager
Jason Castle – Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, QLD Fundraising Manager
Natasha Roberts – Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse
Paul Moran - Assistant Nursing Director of Cancer Care Services
Kaylene Woollett – Nursing Director of Surgical and Perioperative Services


PCFA receives additional grant from Dry July Foundation

We're pleased to announce that Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has received an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation October grant round.

This grant will enable further funding for the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse (PCSN) program.

To date, with this additional grant, the Dry July Foundation has funded 3.8 full-time equivalent (FTE) PCSN's for 3 years across the country.

A Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse is appointed in Launceston, Tasmania

Tasmanians impacted by prostate cancer now have increased access to a dedicated Prostate Cancer Specialist thanks to funds raised by Dry July Participants.

Jennifer Siemsen is a dedicated prostate cancer specialist nurse at Launceston General Hospital. Her position will expand the availability of the services to help more men and their families. This position will provide care and support across the North and North West of Tasmania. 

Jennifer said she was pleased with this service increase to allow better coverage of the local demand for care: “I am delighted to be taking on this role to support and empower prostate cancer patients and their families in understanding and managing the often-difficult decisions, concerns and anxieties around the impact of a cancer diagnosis and all that follows,” she said. 

“The role provides a single point of contact for these men and their families to access reliable, timely information and supportive services in their cancer journey. The hope is to enable men living in our community to live as well as possible post their prostate cancer diagnosis.”

Ms Siemsen said that it was important for people to know about the role and the value it would bring to men and their families.

“My aim over the next three years is also to raise awareness of Prostate cancer through community engagement and education.”

ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA 

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. We are dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men and the people who care about them.

We do this by:

• Promoting and funding world leading, innovative research into prostate cancer

• Implementing awareness and advocacy campaigns and education programs for the Australian community, health professionals and Government

• Supporting men and their families affected by prostate cancer through evidence-based information and resources, support groups and Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia relies on the generosity of individuals, the community and partnerships to carry out our essential work.

For further information about Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, please visit www.pcfa.org.au or call 1800 22 00 99.


Director of Nursing, Sally Sara, talks about the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse program

Sally Sara knows first-hand the difference that a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse can make in the life of men and their families having established the role in Southern Adelaide in 2014. In 2018 Sally took on the role of Director Nursing Programs, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which made her responsible for oversight and development of the service nationally. Sally is passionate that more men and their families have access to this life-changing support as they face prostate cancer. Although her new role does not directly involve clinical work, Sally continues to be personally inspired and driven by the stories of the families that she encountered and supported in her role in Adelaide.  

Sally said, “It was my absolute privilege to be a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse – across a career spanning 30 years it was by far the most rewarding role I had undertaken. However, I am excited by the potential these Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing roles hold for the future and am delighted to now be responsible for overseeing and further developing the service nationally.”

"Our nurses are there when a man receives the news that they have been diagnosed with prostate cancer – which can be one of the most difficult times in their lives. It’s a very challenging time also because prostate cancer often comes with a range of potential treatment options, so it can be challenging to make that choice. Our nurses are also involved in helping men and their families emotionally and psychologically. They also play an important role in side-effect management following treatment which can be quite debilitating."

"In far too many cases, men with prostate cancer live with long-lasting impacts on physical and psychological wellbeing and often find it difficult to seek or find help or support. From the moment that a man is diagnosed, their Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse becomes the main point of contact for any issues or concern the men and their families may have, including management of symptoms and treatment side effects – there is no end-point to this care."

"Patients often tell us that they need "an opportunity to talk through [their] diagnosis beyond what is available in a standard 15-minute consult with a urologist". A Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse can help patients and their families to understand their diagnosis, what to expect and connect them with services to address the challenges that they may encounter along the way."

“Prostate cancer is too frightening to face alone. Our nurses are there to support men at one of the most difficult times in their lives, to help them understand their diagnosis, the treatment options available to them and also to coordinate their care so that they get all of the help that they need.” 

“We know that this expert support from a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse can be life-changing for men and their families who are dealing with prostate cancer. From the moment that these men are diagnosed, the prostate cancer specialist nurse can become their main point of contact to discuss any issues that they may have in relation to their diagnosis, treatment, side effect management and after care.”

‘Hear more about the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses program from Director of Nursing, Sally Sara, by clicking HERE’. 

Dry July funds 3 Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses (PCSN)

Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses (PCSN) provide coordinated support throughout the entire prostate cancer journey; taking into account physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of men and their families.

Thanks to funds raised in 2018, Dry July will be funding three Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses; one in NSW, one in Hobart and one in Launceston.

From the moment that a man is diagnosed, their PCSN becomes the main point of contact for any issues or concern the men and their families may have, including management of symptoms and treatment side effects – there is no end-point to this care.

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