Skip to content
Medical Health Aged Care, Women

Breast Cancer Organisation Set to Make Waves in Mission Beach

Breast Cancer Network Australia 3 mins read
Three women with Pink Lady silhouettes taken at a previous Information Forum in Bunbury, WA, in 2023.


On Tuesday October 24, people living in and around Mission Beach who have been affected by breast cancer are invited to Breast Cancer Network Australia’s (BCNA) Living Well Information Forum to learn about the latest in current and emerging breast cancer treatments and care.   

BCNA’s Director of Policy, Advocacy and Support Services Vicki Durston says the free event will clarify what support and resources are available both locally and through organisations such as BCNA.  

“We know there are significant challenges accessing resources and support services in Mission Beach, with many people affected by breast cancer travelling to Cairns or Townsville for treatment and bearing the financial burden of doing so,” Ms Durston said. “We’ve also heard from our members on a lack of access to breast care nurses, primary health care, and long wait times for breast reconstruction.”  

As Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation, BCNA’s Information Forum also gives attendees the opportunity to connect, network, share lived experiences, and hear from healthcare experts.  

BCNA’s pre-event survey data showed a key concern for those affected by breast cancer in the Mission Beach region was long wait times for breast reconstruction. 

“We are aware of significant delays in access to breast reconstruction in the public system, with some within our network facing wait times of over five years” Ms Durston said. “Recently, we turned our advocacy focus to Queensland when we heard about unacceptable delays in diagnosis due to backlogs affecting pathology. 

“Any delay to diagnosing breast cancer can result in poorer outcomes and fewer treatment options,” Ms Durston said.    

The pre-event survey of health professionals around Mission Beach noted high incidents of breast cancer due to a large retiree population.  

“BCNA hopes to bring information about these issues to locals in Mission Beach and also hear from attendees whether they have faced these issues themselves,” Ms Durston said. “We look forward to connecting with the community to hear about their experiences.”  

BCNA’s Information Forums are designed for everyone affected by breast cancer – whether they have been diagnosed with DCIS, early breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer. It will also be an opportunity to hear from local community groups and BCNA members, who will share their stories.

October is international Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at BCNA our theme is “Living Well, Your Way”. What this theme recognises is that “living well” looks different for everyone, and it is likely that people affected by breast cancer will require different types of support at different times. With 20,458 women and 217 men expected to receive a diagnosis in 2023, raising awareness around the different support and resources available to help people live well with or beyond breast cancer is essential.

Registrations are free and open right up until the start time via the BCNA website.  


Date: Tuesday 24 October 

Location: Castaways Resort & Spa, 2 Pacific Pde, Mission Beach 

Time: 9.00 am for 9.30 am start – 3.00 pm 

Guest speakers: 

Medical oncologist Dr Michelle White 

Clinical Psychologist Chloe Oliver 

Sexual Health Physician Dr Tonia Mezzini 

Exercise Physiologist Jody Spicer 

Physiotherapist Maebh Coleman 

Breast Care Nurse Deirdre Maunsell 

Plus, more! 

If you require quotes, content, or an interview please reach out and our team can coordinate this for you.  

About us:

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. BCNA provides information and support to those diagnosed and their supporters, opportunities to connect with others going through a similar situation and work to influence a stronger healthcare system to ensure all Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.

Contact details:

Rachael Stewart 

Media and Communications Manager

0419 878 005


More from this category

  • Medical Health Aged Care
  • 23/07/2024
  • 15:13
Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia urges Australians to support National Elder Abuse Awareness campaign

Dementia Australia welcomes the National Elder Abuse Awareness campaign, announced by the Australian Government to encourage conversations and promote support services for victims of elder abuse.Dementia Australia Executive Director Services, Advocacy and Research Dr Kaele Stokes said the government investment in the campaign called ‘Ending the abuse of older people begins with a conversation’ is an important step forward to improving the quality of life for older Australians. “Elder abuse comes in many forms and impacts the wellbeing of many older Australians. I urge everyonein the community to learn more about the campaign and how they can promote the rights…

  • General News, Medical Health Aged Care
  • 23/07/2024
  • 13:31
La Trobe University

Spotlight on rural health research

A diverse range of La Trobe University research projects will be presented at the Rural Health School's annual conference on 25-26 July in Bendigo. The presenters are available to provide analysis and expertise on their respective topics, such as DNA damage, dry toothbrushing and improving access to perinatal health services. Rural health workforce Professor Jane Mills, Dean of La Trobe's Rural Health School, is available to speak on the Nursing Demand and Supply Report that was released by the Federal Department of Health and Aged Care earlier this month. Main report finding: The new projected shortage number is an…

  • Medical Health Aged Care
  • 23/07/2024
  • 13:27

iAgeHealth brings 24/7 Allied Health Support to the Aged Care Clients across the Roper Gulf Region

iAgeHealth brings 24/7 Allied Health Support to the Aged Care Clients across the Roper Gulf Region. In an industry defining agreement, Roper Gulf Regional Council and iAgeHealth have moved to implement a 24/7 virtual allied healthcare platform allowing clients to receive support from the comfort of their own home. The program, staffed by experienced allied health professionals who are able to assist age care clients recovery following illness or injury and manage chronic health conditions, removes the barrier of remote living for many of the clients. Due to the current federal funding, clients receive services from clinical and non-clinical service…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.