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Additional funding for 'vital' breast care nurses in NSW

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced additional funding for six new breast care nurses across the state. Courtesy: 9news

In a pre-election visit, the NSW Premier has announced a $3.7 million boost to funding for breast care nurses across the state.

The additional funds will go towards providing six more nurses to assist breast cancer patients and their families across the state, with particular focus on Sydney’s west where there is demand for at least an additional 40 nurses.

Breast care nurses are an initiative of the McGrath Foundation, fronted by former cricketer Glenn McGrath after his late wife Jane started the foundation during her own battle with the disease.

It is a pretty tough time, that’s real life and like I say it’s about the quality of life, not quantity,” the 49-year-old told 9News.

The extra funding will enable six new breast care nurses to be trained up and they will be based at Liverpool, Nepean, Blue Mountains and North Sydney.

Supporting women and families through the most difficult time of their lives is something, as a government, we are proud to do Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Michelle Rosano is a McGrath Foundation breast care nurse who helped care for Western Sydney mum Jenny Caesar while she underwent two years of treatment for breast cancer at Blacktown Hospital.

A lot of people feel that if they aren’t strong throughout their treatment, then their families can’t be strong either so they put on a strong face and I give them the ability to not always have to be that strong person,” Ms Rosano told 9News.

To have the support that she has given me it’s been vital, vital to my survival Ms Caesar added.

Ms Caesar got the all clear from doctors last month and with six new nurses, it will mean hundreds more women will have extra support during their breast cancer treatments.