Date of Submission



Breast cancer is the most common female cancer worldwide and the incidence is increasing. Due to advances in diagnosis and treatment, the number of women surviving breast cancer is also increasing. Those living with and beyond a breast cancer diagnosis need access to a wide variety of information and support which may vary depending on their circumstances. Breast care nurses (BCNs) are well recognised by Australian breast cancer patients for the information and support they provide. However, even though the BCN role has existed within the Australian healthcare system since the 1990’s very little national research has reported on their role, including their different geographical work contexts. The Professional Navigation Framework, used in Canada, provided a useful theoretical framework to inform exploration of these gaps in service to breast cancer patients.


School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine

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Open Access


296 pages

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Faculty of Health Sciences