Pcfa Commends New Research Funds...but Seeks Follow Up On Super-clinic Benefits

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MEDIA RELEASE 


Peak body for prostate cancer commends new research funding…

but seeks government follow up on Super-Clinic benefits


Thursday 19th November 2009: The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) has today

commended the Federal Government on its announcement to fund or co-fund a further $7.6million

worth of priority-driven cancer research.


Some of these funds will go toward prostate cancer-focused research projects that seek to reduce

the side effects associated with existing prostate cancer treatments without affecting how well

those treatments work.


However, according to PCFA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Giles, current interest in cancer

research should not overshadow the important challenge of improving health services for men

with prostate cancer. In particular, he is keen to see the Federal Government support the PCFA

proposal to provide comprehensive services for men with prostate cancer via the proposed

Australian GP Super Clinics.


GP Super Clinics are a key element in building a stronger national primary care system, including

a greater focus on health promotion and illness prevention and better coordination between

privately provided GP services, community health and other State and Territory Government

funded services


PCFA has a submission before the Federal Government whereby PCFA will partner with each GP

Super Clinic to develop men’s health treatment centres to ensure that there is adequate

information and/or access to a relevant support person dedicated to talking to men about their

health. 


The Men’s Health Treatment Centres would enable Australian men to:



Be made aware of prostate cancer as a major health issue;


Access world class medical support in term of diagnosis of prostate cancer;


Access world class ongoing treatment for whichever treatment modality they have

chosen; and


Receive information and advice on other key health issues such as depression,

diabetes, heart disease and testicular cancer.


Given men’s reluctance to see the doctors and seek treatment, the centres would aim to provide

men privacy and an environment catered to their needs. 


“Research is clearly an important part of the equation in helping us deal better with prostate

cancer in the future. But developing Men’s Health Treatment Centres within the GP Super Clinics

would help us provide better services to men diagnosed with prostate cancer here and now,” said

Mr Giles.


Ends


For more information regarding this media statement

or for interviews with Andrew Giles, please contact

Martin Palin (0418 419 258) or Karina Candia (0402 307 056)

at Palin Communications on 02 9412 2255.








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