Today HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visits the RFDS Broken Hill Base as part of her Royal Tour and will announce the appointment of the new McGrath Elders Breast Care Nurse and commencement of the service.
Thanks to a unique friendship between the McGrath Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and the fundraising efforts of Elders staff nationally, a McGrath Elders Breast Care Nurse will be based at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base in Broken Hill.
The newly appointed nurse, Jo Bevan, will travel across the region by plane, to support Australian families in rural and remote areas experiencing breast cancer. She will hold clinics both at the Base and on regular clinic runs that fly to 18 remote locations across three states (NSW, Northern South Australia and South Western Queensland). Jo has worked in healthcare since 1986 when she started working as a Registered Nurse at Broken Hill Hospital. She moved into oncology in 2000 and has spent the last eleven and a half years caring for women fighting cancer.
During her visit today Princess Mary will also take a grand tour of the RFDS base visiting our medical and visitor facilities. She will enjoy a luncheon prepared by local TAFE students in our hangar and a performance by children from the School of the Air.
The Flying Doctor is a not-for-profit organisation and requires support from the public to keep its aircraft in the air. You can show your support by making a donation here.
Pictured: Channel 7 interview RFDS Medical Officer Dr Solange Costermans-Imseih about the new women’s health collaboration between the RFDS and the McGrath Foundation
Pictured above: The RFDS hangar at Broken Hill Base is converted to a dining room to host lunch with Princess Mary