Welcome to TrueNTH Australia. As a clinician who may be considering referring the men in your care to our service, you’re bound to have questions about what we do and how. To speak to us direct, please call 1300 878 368. Otherwise, here are a few of the questions that medical professionals regularly ask us about TrueNTH.
What is TrueNTH?
TrueNTH is an outreach service supporting men with prostate cancer and the people they share their lives with. We’re one of the flagship initiatives made possible by Movember Foundation fundraising in Australia.
What do you mean by outreach service?
We help men with prostate cancer, wherever they are located in Australia. We connect them to support services such as dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, sexual health clinicians and continence nurses. Where local services aren’t readily available, we use telehealth, telephone and online services. Our goal is to bolster quality of life for men with prostate cancer, during and after their treatment.
What does it cost?
Generally speaking, service costs are refunded by Medicare or provided by Movember funded staff. Men with prostate cancer should not be out of pocket (unless they opt for private services which may have gap fees).
So does TrueNTH take over management of the man I’m treating?
No. You lead the Care Team and remain the key decision maker. All members of the treating team have online access to the case file and can review progress and retain visibility of results and services used. Indeed, medical professionals who have referred men to TrueNTH tell us that this gives them welcome long-term insight into their cases, that might not otherwise be possible.
Do you refer to other urologists or urology services?
No. All TrueNTH services operate independently of any urology services.
I prefer the men in my care to use local support services
So do we. If local providers are available, we will use them wherever possible.
If I refer a man to TrueNTH, how will he benefit?
Men using TrueNTH are likely to have better long term health outcomes because we provide experts to assist them with changes to diet and physical activity, relationship and intimacy counselling, mental health, continence and more. We proactively check in with each man to ensure they don’t have unmet needs.
How would I work with TrueNTH?
We put you in touch with a Care Coordinator who assesses what services may be relevant to the man with prostate cancer and regularly reviews their case to make sure they’re getting the best possible support. All notes from Care Teams are added to the electronic health record and can be reviewed and commented on by you. The man continues to attend appointments with you, as required.
Tell me more about your ‘decision support’ tool
This is an online service designed to help men with prostate cancer understand their treatment and the possible side effects and lifestyle changes involved. The goal is to help men carefully consider these issues so they feel as comfortable as possible about commencing their cancer treatment.
Who provides your support services?
|TrueNTH services||Service providers|
|Decision support||Online tool developed by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston) and adapted for Australia|
|Mental health support||Expert oncology psychiatrists and psychologists, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre|
|Intimacy and relationship counselling||Monash Health, Royal Women’s Hospital (Vic)|
|Erectile dysfunction treatment||Evidence-based specialist service|
|Continence support||Continence Foundation Australia|
|Exercise and nutrition support||Edith Cowan University (WA), University of Queensland, Nicholas Denniston dietetics|
|Care Coordinators||TrueNTH staff|