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.