McGrath Breast Care Nurse
McGrath Breast Care Nurses help individuals and their families affected by breast cancer by providing invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support, from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment. The support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse is available at no cost.
Meet Ruth Cho – our McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Ruth Cho has taken up the position of McGrath Breast Care Nurse, a leadership role in care coordination that will facilitate optimal health outcomes for breast cancer patients at Macquarie University Hospital, and across Australia.
“One of the exciting things about the role is that I will act as a liaison and provide input into research projects between the Hospital, MQ health and the McGrath Foundation,” said Ruth. “I can then use research findings to improve breast cancer care and services, contribute to the development and delivery of education programs and support strategic and operational planning with the Hospital and MQ Health.
“It is a challenging role as treatment can be complex and each patient has individual needs. As a nurse, you need to use all your skills and knowledge to assist patients and their families to navigate through a cancer journey.
Ruth says that a key focus is to implement a structured clinical pathway, which will help breast cancer nurses to provide a structured approach and continuity of care for patients at Macquarie University Hospital.
“I am also excited that I have been involved in the set up of the breast assessment clinic – part of Integrated Breast Health Clinic – which starts early this year,” she said.
The McGrath Breast Care Nurse supports the provision of contemporary, high-quality, person-centred clinical nursing practice at Macquarie University Hospital. You can contact Ruth on 02 9812 3593.
The McGrath Foundation raises money to place specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses wherever they’re needed and seeks to increase breast health understanding. The Foundation funds 120 McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, who have supported more than 67,000 families since 2005.
Facts and statistics
- 2018 – it is estimated that 50 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every day this year.
- 2018 – 18,087 women and 148 men are estimated are to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia this year.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in females in Australia.
- In Australia, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.
Reference – 2018 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality Report.
With special thanks to the McGrath Foundation