Australian men with prostate cancer and their families in Canberra will benefit from an expansion of the Australian Government’s Prostate Cancer Nurses Program.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the Government is investing $23 million in the program through the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia over the next three years to support existing prostate cancer nurses and place specialist nurses in over 40 new locations.

“Prostate cancer is estimated to be the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australian men in 2020, with an estimated 3,152 deaths,” Minister Hunt said.

“Sadly, more than 16,700 Australian men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

“Since 2013, this program has funded the recruitment, training and placement of Prostate Cancer Nurse in 29 locations across the country.”

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said the funding will include the employment of prostate cancer nurse services in Canberra.

“I welcome the announcement by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, that the Government will invest $23 million over the next three years, so a prostate cancer nurse can be placed with Canberra Health Services,” Senator Seselja said.

“So many Australian men and their families have had their lives turned upside down by prostate cancer, so I’m very pleased they will have the support of these specialised nurses now and into the future.

“This funding sends a message to men with prostate cancer that they do not have to face this terrible disease alone,” Senator Seselja said said.

“The funding comes as the Liberal-National Government has more than doubled funding for our Hospitals in Canberra since we came to Government, and committed a $68 million Health Plan for the ACT last year,” Senator Seselja concluded.