On Monday 4 June 2018 Breast Care Nurses from across Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services united for the inaugural Breast Care Nurse (BCN) Network meeting, coordinated by our Healthcare Improvement Unit (HIU).
Breast care nurses are essential to improving outcomes for people diagnosed with breast cancer by acting as patient advocates, coordinating care, and ensuring patients’ physical, psychological and emotional needs are met. The BCN Network was established by the Healthcare Improvement Unit to enable Breast Care Nurses from across Queensland's public hospitals to share and collaborate, with the goal of optimising consistent and equitable access to information and support services for breast cancer patients.
The meeting started with an address from the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) who shared their advocacy priorities for 2018. During the day, members then focused on how the patient pathway and patient education materials could be improved to ensure equitable access to services, particularly for breast reconstruction surgery. Attendees also made the most of the opportunity to network with colleagues to build professional partnerships that will further promote consistent and coordinated care for patients.
Co-chair of the network, Nancy Scott, described the event as "a wonderful opportunity for breast care nurses from all service profiles including rural, regional and remote HHSs to share their knowledge, perspectives and ideas with a focus on improving equity of access for breast cancer patients, and that the opportunity to meet face-to-face and to be heard was invaluable."
The Breast Care Nurse Network also supports the work being undertaken by the statewide Breast Reconstruction Clinical and Operational Reference Group whose aim is to improve access to breast reconstruction surgery in Queensland. The Breast Care Nurse Network is open to all Breast Care Nurses across Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services. For more information please contact Danielle Treseder, Principal Project Officer, HIU on (07) 3328 9926.