Help for breast cancer survivors
WOMEN who have undergone breast cancer surgery can be professionally fitted for a breast prosthesis in the comfort of their own home.
Allie Morris and Bek McKenzie from Purely Venus are offering fittings to the ladies of Emerald on March 5-6.
"We know that there is a need for this convenient and personalised service and it will be a good chance for us to touch base with our current Emerald clients," Bek said.
Allie and Bek have both undergone extensive training to become fully qualified prosthesis fitters.
"Being correctly fitted for a breast prosthesis and pocketed bra can play a defining role in a woman's recovery as it helps with symmetry, posture and body image," Bek said.
This will be Purely Venus's first visit of the year to a town outside of Rockhampton.
Last year saw them travelling to do fittings in Blackall as part of the Western Breast Conference, and in-home fittings in Gladstone and Longreach.
This year will see them expanding this service to include Emerald and Mackay.
"Some of the women we see are unfamiliar with the Medicare Reimbursement program which entitles them to a new prosthesis every two years," Allie said.
Information on the External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement program can be found at medicareaustralia.gov.au.
Women who would like an in-home fitting should phone Purely Venus on 4927 9999 as appointments are necessary.