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Reaching the remote

It's been three years since Jane McGrath's passing and her dream is taking flight, with the 67th McGrath Breast Care Nurse position literally taking to the skies.

In a first for Australia, a fulltime breast cancer nurse will be joining the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The McGrath Elders Breast Care Nurse will be based at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Broken Hill and will travel across the country by plane to support Australian families in rural and remote areas experiencing breast cancer.

This is the 67th position to be funded by the McGrath Foundation, with 62 McGrath Breast Care Nurses currently working in communities' right across Australia and an additional five locations identified for recruitment during 2011.

The McGrath Foundation's Tracy Bevan was McGrath's best friend and continues to work at the Foundation.

"Jane dreamt that every Australian family experiencing breast cancer would have access to a breast care nurse no matter where they lived or their financial situation. The placement of the McGrath Elders Breast Care Nurse brings us one step closer to the realisation of this dream as we reach out to some of the most remote locations in our country," she said.

Supporting Australians in some of the most remote areas with the best care for more than 80 years, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is best known for its emergency rescue mission, performing more than 38,000 aerial evacuations last year. Increasingly though, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is at the frontline of delivering essential health care where it is needed most, such as taking doctors, nurses and specialists out to remote communities on 'fly around clinics'.

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