New cancer nurse counselling service launched in Queensland

New cancer nurse counselling service launched in QueenslandA new nurse counselling service has been launched in the state of Queensland in Australia to help cancer patients.

The authorities launched the first based Nurse Counsellor Service by Cancer Council Queensland. The service was launched following evidence that distressed patients and carers could take benefit of the single phone counselling session with a nurse.The service is available during weekday business hours by calling 13 11 20.

Katie Clift, the spokesperson for Cancer Council Queensland said that the service will help improve the quality of life for struggling with the diagnosis.  Ms Clift said, "This new service means that patients and their loved ones can connect with a specialist nurse counsellor simply by picking up the phone. For many people, just one session with a nurse counsellor can help a person to cope better with the psychological and emotional challenges that often come with a cancer diagnosis.The service offers specialised support, empowering callers with self-help strategies to adjust to life during and after cancer."

She also said that the callers can also be referred to suitable psychologist for face-to-face interactions if additional support is required. The number of calls to the service since its launch in 2015,have been high.