Wimmera Southern Mallee Cancer Resource Nurse
Cancer Resource Nurses (CRNs) are local nurses who are trained to offer supportive care to people affected by cancer in their own area. They can refer people with cancer to the right services as close to home as possible and offer support and information. CRNs are now located in every Wimmera Southern Mallee health service.
People in the region told Grampians Integrated Cancer Service that they felt isolated during their cancer treatment and would like to have their cancer care as close to home as possible. Cancer Resource Nurses are part of a pilot project to improve the cancer experience of people in the Wimmera.
People travel around the Grampians region and beyond for cancer treatment. Newly designed brochures and a ready-reference map make finding a local Cancer Resource Nurse easier than ever. These maps and brochures are also being delivered to cancer services throughout the region to help cancer service staff refer patients from the Wimmera Southern Mallee area back to their local Cancer Resource Nurse.
The introduction of Telehealth via Health Direct, a web based portal, can link CRNs and their patients to Carmel O'Kane, Oncology Nurse Practitioner and/or their Medical Oncologist in the comfort of their own home. This new service aims to reduce the travel burden of regional cancer patients during their ongoing cancer treatment and care.
For more details please contact Tracey Daffy
at Wimmera Health Care Group.