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6. Useful contacts to help you with rural cancer patients

  • Rural liaison nurses are registered nurses who work within metropolitan public hospitals in partnership with the ward staff to assist with issues such as accommodation and transport during and post treatment. They are available on weekdays between 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday to Friday.
    • Royal Adelaide Hospital: phone (08) 8222 4000 pagers 1331 or 1551 or email rahrural@health.sa.gov.au
    • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital: phone (08) 8222 6000 pager 6824
    • Lyell McEwin Hospital: phone (08) 8182 9083 or
      0401 671 433. Here they are known as the ‘Home Link Coordinators – medical and rural’. Over the weekend, please phone 0401 692 646 between 8:00am and 3:30pm.
    • Flinders Medical Centre:phone (08) 8201 7835 or 0435 659 542
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health Triage Service: phone 13 14 65 – 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at the cost of a local call. Emergency mental health information and assistance for health professionals and their clients, families and carers.
  • Cancer Care Co-ordinators/ Patient Liaison Nurses are people who may be available in the patient’s own region to help them navigate the medical system. The following list (which may not be exhaustive) may help.
  • McGrath Breast Care Nurses assist women and families affected by breast cancer with information, clinical care, advocacy, support, travel-related issues, referral to other health professionals and provide wig and prosthesis advice. In some regions the McGrath Breast Care Nurse coordinates breast cancer support groups and other activities promoting health and well-being. They are located in the following rural South Australian locations:
    • Barossa (including Gawler, Angaston, Kapunda, Nurioopta, Tanunda, Two Wells, Virginia, Williamstown) based at Inner North Community Health Service. Contact Deb Hayes, phone 0427 9987 67 or (08) 8521 2147 or email Deborah.Hayes@health.sa.gov.au
    • Barmera & Berri (also covering Loxton, Waikerie, Renmark, Paringa, Blanchetown, Morgan, Cadell) based at Riverland Regional Health Service/Barmera Hospital. Contact Rebecca Semmens, phone (08) 8588 0434 or email Rebecca.Semmens@health.sa.gov.au
    • Broken Hill based at Broken Hill RFDS. Contact Jo Beven, phone 0408 999 253 or email Jo.Beven@rfdsse.org.au
    • Mount Barker (also covering Strathalbyn, Milang, Stirling, Woodside, Lobethal, Mount Pleasant, Hermitage) based at Adelaide Hills Community Health Service. Contact Kylie Campbell, phone (08) 8393 1833 or email Kylie.Campbell@health.sa.gov.au
    • Mt Gambier (also covering Naracoorte, Penola, Keith, Bordertown, Kingston, Robe, Millicent) based at South East Regional Community Health. Contact Margaret Atwell, phone (08) 8721 1460 or 0417 169 853 or email Margaret.Atwell@health.sa.gov.au
    • Murray Bridge (also covering Meningie, Tailem Bend, Karoonda, Lameroo, Pinnaroo, Mannum) based at Murray Mallee Community Health Service. Contact Kylie Campbell, phone (08) 8535 6800 or email Kylie.Campbell@health.sa.gov.au
    • Port Augusta (also covering Quorn, Hawker, Leigh Creek, Roxby Downs, Woomera, Wilmington, Coober Pedy) based at Port Augusta & Regional Health Services. Contact Judith Finlay, phone (08) 8668 7800 or email judith.finlay@health.sa.gov.au
    • Port Lincoln (also covering Tumby Bay, Cummins, Elliston, Wudinna, Streaky Bay, Ceduna) based at Port Lincoln Health Service. Contact Helen Hookings, phone (08) 8683 2269 or email helen.hookings@health.sa.gov.au
    • Port Pirie (also covering Crystal Brook, Laura, Gladstone, Jamestown, Peterborough, Booleroo, Orroroo, Port Broughton) based at Port Pirie Regional Health Service. Contact Ros Mayfield, phone (08) 8638 4655 or email ros.mayfield@health.sa.gov.au
    • Victor Harbor (also covering Yankalilla, Myponga, Delamere, Goolwa, Mt Compass, Pt Elliot, Middleton, Kangaroo Island) based at Southern Fleurieu Health Service. Contact Cheryl Baxter, phone (08) 8552 0600 or email cheryl.baxter@health.sa.gov.au
    • Wallaroo (also covering Burra, Clare, Snowtown, Balaklava, Riverton, Maitland, Minlaton, Yorketown) based at Wallaroo Community Health/ Yorke & Lower North Health Services. Contact Sue Bird, phone (08) 8823 0388 or 0409 693 584 or email sue.bird@health.sa.gov.au
    • Whyalla (also covering Kimba, Cowell, Cleve) based at Whyalla Hospital & Health Service. Contact Lisa Freund, phone (08) 8648 8635 or 0427 180 655 or email Lisa.Freund@health.sa.gov.au

For information to assist health professionals in finding support services for their rural patients, particularly on their return home to rural communities, click here to go to the service directory.