More Nurses, More Care
The year in review
Hi everyone, as many of you know I was honoured to play in one of the all-time great Aussie cricket teams but we never took our success for granted. Our philosophy was to ‘never settle’ for what we had so we were always ready for the next test. That’s exactly how we approach our challenges at the McGrath Foundation. While we’ve achieved so much thanks to your amazing support, we’re determined to deliver on our aim of providing a McGrath Foundation Breast Cancer Nurse to everyone who needs one.
Our focus in the coming years is to get a better understanding of how we can provide more care to more people. With over 19,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, we know it’s not going to be easy. But when I look at the incredible 1,438 fundraising events, 670 volunteers, 85 corporate partners and the amazing major donors who support the Foundation. I am so proud that we’ve been able to fund 9 more McGrath Breast Care Nurses this year and support so many families experiencing breast cancer. And I know that we will never rest on our laurels as we continue to reach for our goal of every person experiencing breast cancer having access to a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, for free…no matter where they live. Thank you for making a difference.
A word from our CEO
“My McGrath Breast Care Nurse helped me break down the barriers of understanding and doubt at every stage of my breast cancer experience. She makes me feel safe.”
Sharon Neeson, NSW
Why we care
When I talk about what the McGrath Foundation does people are still surprised to learn that we fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses. It makes me realise that while so many people know the Foundation, they don’t know exactly what we do. It’s important we keep telling people that the money they provide allows us to fund professional supportive care for families dealing with breast cancer. At the end of the day care is at the very heart of everything we do.
Last year, your support meant we were able add another 9 specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses to the amazing nurses you see here. That means we now have 135 McGrath Breast Care Nurses.
We know the importance of continuous care; that is the same person supporting you from the start, with you at each step, all the way through. We know it makes a difference. That’s why we aim to provide patients with access to a McGrath Breast Care Nurse as soon as possible. We know from independent research that treatment outcomes are improved when people have their first contact with a nurse within the first week of diagnosis (see full report).
Having one point of contact is so reassuring; someone to turn to, someone to outline the choices, answer questions, liaise with specialists and provide expert advice. It goes a long way to helping patients still be the mother, daughter, sister, friend and even husband they want to be. Just like Sarah Baxter and her family.
Sarah Baxter, QLD
“Talking to Rikki [myBreast Care Nurse] is different than talking to a doctor. It’s not clinical with her, it’s more personal. You can talk about emotional things with her, like the family, especially the boys.”
Over 19,000 women and more than 150 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019.
McGrath Breast Care Nurses
You’ve helped us fund 9 more specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses in 2019 financial year.
Our 135 nurses across the country have meant that you’ve helped us make a difference to over 10,000 people’s lives this year.
Thanks to you, over 900 more families now have access to the care and support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse; that’s over 75,000 families supported since 2005.
hours of care provided
Your generosity has enabled us to fund 182,108 hours of care from our McGrath Breast Cancer Nurses.
Helen / Jane (Newcastle)
Catrina / Danielle (North Shore)
Samantha / Jen (Bankstown)
“Having somebody like Helen to help me through this whole experience, she’s just made it so much easier to deal with and she’s been really good support to me.”
Jane Starr, NSW
We still need more nurses
Despite all the amazing work and support the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer continues to grow, so we still need more nurses. In fact breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Australia, with around 19,000 women and over 150 men diagnosed every year. As people become more aware about breast cancer, and how to detect it earlier, the number of diagnoses, as well as survival rates, continue to grow. This means that thousands of families in Australia are still in need of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse; a gap of around 120 nurses. That’s why, for the next few years, we’re focusing on closing that gap. More nurses, more care.
“You’re being moved around specialists on tight schedules, they don’t have a lot of time and they get straight to the point. With Jo, my Breast Care Nurse it wasn’t rushed. I was able to take my time talking about results. She’s the glue that holds the whole thing together.”
Amber Cuthbert, VIC
Raised at Pink Test
Pink Stumps Day events
Pink up your towns
Corporate Partner Support
Where your money goes
We work hard to ensure as much of your money goes directly to fund our nurses. This year over 70 cents in every dollar given was invested into McGrath Breast Care Nurses. The remaining money helps support the team of experts who manage the Foundation or is invested in strategic fundraising efforts that will allow us to earn more money in the long run, to fund more nurses.
As has always been the case I don’t receive any money from the Foundation and nor do any of the board members.
We’re proud to have increased spend on our Mission in FY19 while reducing our administration costs.
Our focus in FY19 has been on pursuing revenue opportunities that provide a strong return on investment (ROI).
Thank you so much. I’m honoured by the scale of support the McGrath Foundation receives. As we head into 2020 I’d like to recognise all of our partners and supporters, and say, in all sincerity, that without you none of what we do would be possible.
Whether you’re involved through local or federal Government, as a corporate partner, major donor, regular giver or community fundraiser, your incredible efforts have meant over 900 families have received the life changing support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, for free.
Thank you so much for all your support…you are making all the difference.