St Vincent’s launches Men’s Health Project

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect men, accounting for one in eight male cancer deaths. However, despite its prevalence within the community, the vast majority of services for prostate cancer patients with psychosocial or physical complications are provided by private healthcare, leading to fragmented care and creating disparity among patients.

In response, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney has launched the St Vincent’s Men’s Health Project to improve equality in prostate cancer treatment, designing and establishing a cross-campus “one-door approach” to coordinate cancer care and address some of the key side effects of treatment. The establishment of the St Vincent’s NELUNE Men’s Health Centre will bring together some of Australia’s leading prostate cancer experts to provide world-class healthcare with a focus on precision medicine and optimal patient outcomes.

The centre will offer a centralised point of contact to oversee care and assist navigation through the healthcare system with our team’s expertise in urology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, cancer genetics, theranostics, psychology, allied health and nursing. The centre will include on-site allied health services, allowing men to receive comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team of nurses, physiotherapists, psychosexual therapists, psychologists, dietitians and social workers in one location.

This will also align with the Kinghorn Cancer Centre’s focus on the translation of medical research into targeted, cost effective, personalised therapies for a number of key National Health Priority cancers – which includes prostate cancer.

Our team are also developing a comprehensive St Vincent’s Men’s Health website to assist patients and GP’s across NSW to get the most up-to-date information to support their healthcare journey. Further, a world-first collaboration with academics across North America and Australia has led to the development of accessible resources addressing urinary and sexual issues for gay and bisexual men, trans and non-binary people with prostate cancer.

The NELUNE Foundation supports equality of care for all cancer patients regardless of their social or financial circumstances, and in doing so they have supported the establishment of services and facilities that will help patients fight cancer with dignity. They have committed to raising $3.5 million to support the establishment of the St Vincent’s NELUNE Men’s Health Centre and recently launched their fundraising campaign at a function at NSW Parliament House attended by The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health NSW, who announced initial support of $250,000 from the NSW Government towards the project.

We would like to thank Nelune Rajapakse AM and Anna Guillan AM and the NELUNE Foundation for their ongoing commitment and support of St Vincent’s and this important project.

To support the development of this project, please contact Susan Williams at the Foundation or donate below.