07 March 2019

Top End men impacted by prostate cancer will now have access to a dedicated Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse thanks to a combined funding from Northern Territory Government (NTG) and It's a Blokes Thing Foundation.

The new 3-year Agreement between Royal Darwin Hospital and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) will enable Ruby Hilario to be a full-time Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse. The position will provide dedicated prostate cancer care coordination for cancer patients at Royal Darwin Hospital and Palmerston Regional Hospital. This will include supporting patients during surgery, acute treatment at Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre and interstate treatment.

Steve Callister, PCFA's National Chairman, reiterated the importance of Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses in supporting men and their families impacted by prostate cancer.

"This addition to our nursing program has been made possible through the support of It's a Bloke Thing Foundation, one of PCFA's long-term partners, and the NT Government, who have both generously allocated funds to this full-time Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing position," he said.

"Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is very thankful for such community and government support, which helps us fund Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses in 45 locations across Australia," Mr Callister said.

Mr. Michael Hubbard, Chairman of It's a Bloke Thing Foundation said that they were delighted at today's announcement by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia regarding the appointment of a full time Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse for the Northern Territory.

"The appointment comes after the inaugural Northern Territory - It's a Bloke Thing Prostate Cancer luncheon raised the funds, which has enabled this initiative to become a reality," Mr Hubbard said.

"We truly appreciate all the support from our sponsors, suppliers, guests and the local community as we continue in our quest to create prostate awareness and save more lives," he said.