Her public experience with breast cancer and the impact of her own breast care nurse set her commitment and the mission for the Foundation: to ensure that every family experiencing breast cancer would have access to a breast care nurse no matter where they lived — for free. Glenn and I were inspired to create the McGrath Foundation after my initial recovery, to help support other Australian women touched by breast cancer. My breast care nurse allowed me to be Jane McGrath — the friend, the mother and the wife — not just the breast cancer patient.
It was a chilly autumn day in when Kristy Herschell found out she had advanced breast cancer and had to quickly start treatment. Within a day, she received a call from a stranger, who calmed her down and gave her hope. The caller was Kerry Patford, one of specialist breast care nurses employed by the McGrath Foundation.
With the announcement of the new position in Liverpool Hospital, the Foundation also announced it has now supported over 64, families affected by breast cancer. The foundation holds the annual Pink Test, where thousands gather at the SCG dressed in pink to raise money to fund nurses for breast cancer sufferers. The nurse will specifically support people with the incurable metastatic breast cancer — the state where the cancer has spread beyond the primary tumour site of the breast to other parts of the body.
This article summarizes the findings generated through a mixed-method evaluation of the program's appropriateness, effectiveness, and efficiency. The evaluation comprised surveys and semi-structured interviews with patients, multidisciplinary clinicians and MBCNs. The research also drew on secondary materials, including MBCN activity and patient caseload data, a review of existing programs and costing information. The evaluation generated evidence that access to an MBCN results in an improved experience for patients and clinicians, and that these impacts are more profound when MBCNs come into contact with their patients at the time of diagnosis.
No matter where they live — for free. A moodier hot pink is paired with the richness of aubergine and secondary colours red, purple, soft blue and soft pink bring versatility and expressiveness to the McGrath Foundation look and feel. Funds raised place specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia, and make breast health understanding a priority for everyone.
At the McGrath Foundation, we raise money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses who provide invaluable support and care to women and men experiencing breast cancer. From diagnosis right throughout treatment, McGrath Breast Care Nurses are available to help individuals and their families for free and with no referral. The impact can be felt right through your family and friends.
We currently have McGrath Breast Care Nurses, who help individuals and their families experiencing breast cancer by providing physical, psychological and emotional support, for free. From the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment, our highly-qualified nurses are there to help. While more than 75, families have been supported sincemore nurses are needed to meet the growing rate of breast cancer diagnosis in Australia.
The McGrath Foundation is a breast cancer support and education charity in Australiawhich raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and increase breast health awareness. The charity was founded by Australian cricket player, Glenn McGrath and his English-born wife, Jane McGrathinfollowing Jane's initial diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer. The McGrath Foundation started with Jane and Glenn McGrath's very public experience with breast cancer,  and has become one of Australia's most recognised and respected charities, the McGrath Foundation. Some years after her initial diagnosis, Jane's cancer returned.
Updated September 17, With breast cancer diagnosis rates increasing, as well as better survival rates and an aging population, experts are scrambling to find ways to cope with growing demands around patient care. Organisations like the McGrath Foundation are at the frontline of the disease and are trying to ensure the growing number of breast cancer patients have the best possible care.
Today, over 64, Australian families have been supported by our McGrath Breast Care Nurses located across the country. This service is provided free of charge and can be accessed by self-referral. We rely on the support of the general public, Corporate Partners and the Government to make a difference to the lives of those experiencing breast cancer. Donations, hosting or attending community events and purchasing pink products in our name all help us raise funds and achieve our mission.