New Cancer Support Nurse

Friday, 13 May 2016
Brooke Kelly has followed a calling to help others throughout her life.

Now she's found the perfect match for her caring outlook as Portland District Health's new cancer support nurse.

I've always had a caring nature so I was naturally attracted to nursing, Ms Kelly said. I've been working in different roles to find what suits best and this is what I really enjoy, she said.

I like a one-on-one style of nursing and to be able to follow through things with patients.

As cancer support nurse she provides assistance to cancer patients in a variety of ways. Ms Kelly is there each Thursday to ensure everything goes smoothly well for those undergoing chemotherapy and each Friday she is available for private appointments.

We're very lucky in Portland that we can offer face-to-face appointments in a private setting which is much more comfortable and personal, she said.

Another of Ms Kelly’s duties is to connect cancer patients with referrals to other services.

She also helps with the cancer support group which meets every second Friday of the month at Active Health Portland.

It's all about making things easier for people with cancer, she said. We try to take the stress away as much as possible by helping with referrals and being available to offer support.

One of her main goals in the new role is to establish a wig bank for Portland women battling cancer.

Ms Kelly has been nursing for 10 years, including previous work at PDH and most recently as practice nurse at the Seaport Medical Centre.

She has taken on the role for 12 months while Meagan Nelson is on maternity leave.

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