Local nurse a part of foundation's vision

IN THE future Dubbo's Vanessa Hyland may be one of 150 McGrath breast care nurses in Australia.

The McGrath Foundation has spoken of its vision after receiving $18.5 million from the federal government.

The money represents "ongoing funding" for 44 of the foundation's 80 nurses.

It will also allow for the creation of up to another 10 full-time equivalent positions.

Ms Hyland, working out of Dubbo Community Health Centre, is among 36 of the existing 80 nurses whose positions are funded by the foundation through corporate and community donations.

Foundation chief executive officer Kylea Tink said it (the Foundation) was "incredibly grateful" to the government but there was "still more work to do".

"We believe we need 150 McGrath breast care nurses to see our vision of a breast care nurse for every Australian family experiencing breast cancer, no matter where they live or their financial situation," she said.

"Only then will these families have access to optimal care."

Glenn McGrath, the foundation's chairman and co-founder with his late wife Jane, has asked the nation to help "see our vision become a reality in the years to come".

Breast care nurses are specially trained as patient advocates, co-ordinating care for sufferers, their families and carers.

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