Bronnie Taylor at McGrath breast care conference

COOMA McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Bronnie Taylor, will be one of the many McGrath Breast Care Nurses in Melbourne later this week for the 14th Annual National Breast Care Nurse Conference - two days of networking, learning and sharing.

Commencing on Thursday, the event is an important milestone for the McGrath Foundation each year as it provides an opportunity for invaluable ongoing training and development for its 81 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working right across Australia. These nurses have together supported over 19,300 Australian families through their breast cancer experience.

McGrath Foundation chief executive, Kylea Tink, is looking forward to seeing McGrath Breast Care Nurses come together with other breast care nurses nationally, united by a common purpose of supporting Australian families experiencing breast cancer.

"The National Breast Care Nurse Conference provides the McGrath Foundation with an important opportunity to share not only where we are up to with realising our vision of every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia having access to a breast care nurse, but to learn about the latest developments throughout the profession," she said.

The Breast Care Nurse Practicum, a program now supported by the McGrath Foundation, was developed in response to a concern that approximately one third of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia lived outside of major population centres where tertiary care is available, and that specialist cancer nurses in these areas have limited opportunities for professional development and networking.

This innovative and highly successful program offers breast care nurses from rural and regional Australia the opportunity to attend a five-day intensive program to bridge the gap between postgraduate study and real world experience through comprehensive exposure to practical, supportive and clinical educational programmes within the large state of the art multidisciplinary treatment centre at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute.

To further connect the pink dots between all the breast care nurses, the McGrath Foundation offers scholarships through Australian College of Nursing for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Breast Care Nursing.

Cooma can get behind the McGrath Foundation and support McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions like Bronnie Taylor's by joining the Foundation's regular giving program, Circle of Friends, or by holding a Community Event in their area.

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