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Everyone who is cared for by a member of Perth Breast Cancer Institute (PBCI) is given the opportunity to team up with a breast care nurse to support them and their family members through their breast cancer experience. The Breast Care Nurses (BCNs) specialise in the coordination of care and provision of support and information, assisting in coordination of care and are a vital point of contact between patients and the care team.
Along with clinical care such as wound management and aspiration of seromas, our BCNs provide education about chemotherapy as well as information on services like wigs, prostheses, exercising in the community and support. They also respond to patient calls, from giving advice about a side effect through to arranging a direct admission to the ward. If a patient is admitted to Hollywood Private Hospital, one of the BCNs will visit them each day.
The BCNs are located in Suite 407, Level 4 of Hollywood Consulting Centre.
Cath trained as a registered nurse in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1983. After Cath completing her training, she worked at Taranaki Base Hospital for 3 years before heading overseas.
Arriving in Perth, Cath worked in a Government facility before starting work at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in the Oncology Ward in 1988 before moving to the Mount Hospital in 1994 where she began working on the Medical and Oncology ward. During this time she completed her Degree in Nursing from Edith Cowan University (ECU) Churchlands in 1998.
Cath took a position as Clinical Nurse in the Day Oncology Unit at the Mount Hospital where she saw the clinic develop from a small unit to a big and busy unit, assisting in the development of the current Day Oncology Unit. With an interest in breast cancer, Cath then did a Postgraduate Certificate Breast Cancer Nursing, taking the position of the Specialist Breast Nurse and still working in the day Oncology Unit.
Cath now plays an integral role at BCRC-WA as a specialist Early Breast Nurse supporting patients, Breast Surgeons and Medical Oncologists.
Amanda graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 with an Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing Studies. She subsequently obtained her BA (Hons) in Professional Practice in 2011.
Following graduating as a registered nurse in the UK, Amanda worked on the Medical Admission Unit (MAU) where she gained knowledge and expertise in the management and treatment of patients with acute and chronic medical conditions. Since emigrating to Perth, Western Australia in 2011, Amanda has worked at the Mount Hospital and in the Cancer Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital, where she furthered her knowledge in medical oncology. Throughout her nursing career, Amanda has always had a strong commitment to breast cancer care. Amanda is currently working as the Advanced Breast Care Nurse (ABCN) at BCRC-WA and since starting there in 2018, she has successfully completed a post graduate certificate in Breast Care Nursing at the Australian College of Nursing.
Amanda’s role positively impacts the lives of patients and their loved ones living with metastatic breast cancer. Amanda provides patients with treatment education, co-ordinates their care between different specialities and is a point of contact in a time of need.