Northam Hospital breast care nurse appointed

Northam Hospital breast care nurse appointed

The newly appointed nurse, Denise Kiff, is based at Northam Hospital and will continue supporting Northam families experiencing breast cancer, from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment.

This support is provided free of charge and can be accessed through self-referral.

Ms Kiff has been nursing for 30 years, with experience in breast care nursing.

“I feel truly grateful; I am looking forward to providing vital care and assistance to people experiencing breast cancer in the Northam and surrounding areas,” Ms Kiff said.

“I know the impact a diagnosis of breast cancer can have on both the person affected and their family, not only physically but emotionally as well.

“Living in a rural environment should be of no disadvantage to a patient receiving support from a breast care nurse.”

McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan welcomed the placement.

“With her professional knowledge and experience, Denise will be a great asset and support to women experiencing breast cancer,” she said. “These nurses act as a patient advocate; they co-ordinate care not only for women with breast cancer, but also for the families and carers.”

WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt regional cancer nurse co-ordinator Em Fulwood welcomed Ms Kiff’s appointment.

“It is wonderful to have Denise join us at Northam,” she said.

“The services she will provide women receiving breast cancer treatment will complement the services already provided by the WA Country Health Service.”

Families in Northam can self-refer to this free service by calling 9690 1685.