Cabrini Brighton marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) with a Mini-Field of Women in the hospital’s gardens.
100 Pink Lady silhouettes were planted in the hospital’s gardens and Cabrini staff were invited to write personal messages as a tribute to patients with breast cancer.
The Mini-Field of Women is a Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) initiative, which brings people together to show support and pay tribute to people in the local community affected by breast cancer.
A tribute service was held for staff, allowing them to reflect on patients they have cared for who have been affected by breast cancer.
Cabrini Brightways Breast Cancer Service Manager Vicki Durston said the service gave staff a chance to come together to share stories and experiences.
“Services like this allow an opportunity for reflection, it is a chance to recognise the amazing work we do but also to encourage staff to support one another during difficult times,” Ms Durston said.
“We are all affected because we build relationships with our patients throughout their treatment and become involved in their lives.”
Ms Durston said the service was a fitting way to conclude Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is marked in October.
“Breast Cancer Awareness Month recognises the work we do for people diagnosed with breast cancer and raises awareness in the community about early detection, which is so important,” she said.
It is estimated that in 2018 more than 18,000 women and 148 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.