Prostate cancer patients in the NSW Riverina region will have the latest biopsy technology at their disposal thanks to a donation from blokes on bikes.
Riverina Day Surgery, in Wagga Wagga, has received a $30,000 donation from the Male Bag Foundation, allowing them to purchase a transperineal biopsy machine.
Riverina Day Surgery CEO and director of nursing, Megan King, said the services were long overdue.
“There is a growing number of patients for which transperineal biopsies are essential and we will be working with local urologists and NSW Health to promote access to the service for all of our community,” she said.
“Serving the community is at the heart of what we do.”
The Male Bag Foundation (MBF) is not-for-profit organisation that runs charity motorbike events, using old Australia Post motorbikes, to raise funds for prostate cancer research and treatment.
The charity’s “postie bike ride” held in October 2018, called in at major towns throughout the Riverina region, including Wagga Wagga.
And in November of last year, the foundation invited regional NSW hospitals to apply for grants to help them purchase transperineal biopsy machines.
MBF patron, David Parkin, OAM, said the postie ride was an “enormous opportunity” to help “blokes, families and towns”.
“Our grants to Riverina Day Surgery guarantee that the world’s best practice biopsy procedure will be available across the entire health district by mid-2019,” he said.
“We also acknowledge the involvement of Megan King and the team at Riverina Day Surgery and Cura Day Hospitals group.
“They took the initiative, wanting to deliver transperineal biopsy machine services to this often under-recognised group as soon as possible.
“The machine is now available and its use will augment current approaches to men’s health and save lives through early diagnosis.
“This is an exciting outcome for the Male Bag Foundation as well as our sponsors and volunteers.”
Male Bag Foundation chairman, Robert Glover, said his team was “overwhelmed” by the support for the ride.
“We had a lot of support from local service clubs, prostate cancer support groups and the Australia Post riders who joined us in Wagga Wagga,” he said.
“We listened to many calls to focus on better health outcomes in the Riverina regain and we have responded in the best and swiftest way possible.”
The Riverina Day Surgery is part of the Cura Day Hospitals Group, an independent, privately-owned company that is the largest day hospital company in Australia. It currently owns 21 leading facilities, used by more than 600 doctors, across the nation.