THE McGrath Foundation has funded a new McGrath Breast Care Nurse position on the Bass Coast.
The first McGrath Breast Care Nurse to be placed in the Bass Coast region, Taryn Robinson will provide free physical, psychological and emotional support to individuals and their families affected by breast cancer.
With 16 years’ experience working in oncology, Taryn said she is looking forward to using her experience to provide support, information and care to the local community.
“I feel very privileged to be in this position to be able to make a difference.
“It’s so rewarding to see the relief on people’s faces when they realise how I can help them,” she said.
“I think people are grateful to have someone involved in their care who can coordinate their medical appointments and demystify the medical jargon, helping to make their breast cancer experience more manageable.”
Taryn travels to all three of Bass Coast Health’s sites at Wonthaggi Hospital, San Remo and the Phillip Island Health Hub at Cowes.
“My location is flexible so I can travel to meet people with breast cancer where is most convenient to them.
“It’s wonderful to be alleviating some of the travel burden, bringing healthcare services closer to people in need.
“It’s exciting to be in a newly created position and I look forward to improving the breast cancer experience for people living on the Bass Coast and the surrounding areas.”
Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed new cancer in Victoria, accounting for 13.2 per cent of all new cancer diagnoses each year.
This means that over 4000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Victoria each year making the role of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse so important.
Beyond helping educate people with breast cancer, Taryn is also passionate about increasing breast health understanding within the wider community.
McGrath Foundation CEO, Holly Masters said the new position will provide important support to local families touched by breast cancer.
“A growing need for specialist breast care nurses underpins the McGrath Foundation’s commitment to provide the free service of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in communities right across Australia.
“Bass Coast was identified as an area of need and we are delighted to welcome Taryn to the role to provide essential support to people experiencing breast cancer across the region.”
The support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse can be accessed through self-referral – that is, without a doctor’s referral.
Taryn can be contacted on taryn.robinson@basscoasthealth.org or 5671 9210.
Taryn has been a registered nurse for 19 years and has worked in oncology for 16 years.
Prior to being appointed a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Taryn was a Cancer Survivorship Project Nurse and has also previously worked as the Gynaecology Nurse Coordinator at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Taryn has a Masters in Oncology.
Taryn strives to be constant source of support for her patients, answering questions and providing clarity during what can be an overwhelming time.

About the McGrath Foundation
The 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. This time, she had a breast care nurse, who both empowered and comforted her, and the entire family.
This experience set the mission for the foundation, which has become an enduring commitment to support thousands of women and men every day, no matter where they live – for free.
The organisation raises funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, as well as making breast health understanding a priority.
More than 64,000 families have been supported by 120 McGrath Breast Care Nurses.
The foundation relies on the heartfelt support it receives from all over Australia – including individuals, communities, corporate partners and government.