Western NSW Local Health District is pleased to announce the appointment of Jodie Stewart as its new Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse.
Jodie will join 13 other new nursing recruits throughout Australia who are part of the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service, a Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) initiative which has now been enhanced through funding support by the Federal Government.
Jodie will be based at Orange Health Service, and will provide support to patients, families and their carers throughout the western area, including Dubbo and Bathurst.
Western NSW LHD Director of Allied Health Richard Cheney said the new specialist nurse position will be an asset to the Health District, its prostate cancer patients and their families.
“We are very fortunate to have been successful in our application to the PCFA for funding for this position, as our District has a higher average of prostate cancer diagnosis than the rest of NSW,” Mr Cheney said.
“To be able to give patients and their families the opportunity to receive the specialised support and care they need without having to travel to Sydney is very important”.
A Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse is an experienced registered nurse who has received additional training to make them an expert nurse in prostate cancer care.
Jodie worked as an oncology nurse in Sydney for a number of years before relocating to Millthorpe with her young family three years ago, taking up a position at Central West Cancer Services at Orange Hospital. She has worked in outpatient departments administering chemotherapy, has district nursing experience in rural Victoria, and has been involved in oncology clinical trials in Sydney.
Over the next few months, Jodie will be consulting with managers, doctors and nurses across the Health District to find out what services are currently available in order to ensure the services provided by the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse meets the needs of men with prostate cancer and their carers.
She is looking forward to meeting and supporting patients across the District once this important preliminary work is completed.
“Jodie will be working with a clear-cut structure to ensure patients receive the same level of care, no matter where they live,” said Mr Cheney.
“She will be working closely with doctors and others involved in the care of our prostate cancer patients, providing ongoing contact and support in both the hospital and in the community during and after treatment.”
This multi-disciplinary, integrated model of care is an approach the Health District is focusing on as part of its Strategic Health Services Plan (2013-16).
Both public and private patients can access the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service.