Past events

Here is a digest of the types of events in which out group has had an involvement or organised since March 2009 to the present date:
    • 21 June 2017 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was urologist Dr Hodo Haxhimolla. He informed us about the following leading edge technologies as they relate to prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment: 3-Tesla MRI scanning which can be undertaken at the National Capital Private Hospital or through facilities of The Canberra Imaging Group, use of the Da Vinci robotic surgical system now available at the National Capital Private Hospital, and the Ga-68 prostate specific membrane antigen PET/CT scanning procedure that is also now available in Canberra.
       
    • 19 April 2017 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was Irmina Nahon PhD who is Physiotherapist Specialist, Department of Physiotherapy University of Canberra, and practising through Hawker Plaza Physiotherapy. A precis of the content of her address follows. About 1 in 3 mature women and 1 in 8 mature men suffer from some form of incontinence and for prostectamised men the ratio is also 1 in 3. There are three components of continence: 1) the bladder, 2) the urethra-prostate and 3) pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor muscles are very thin and easily damaged during surgery or radiation but become vital for men after a prostatectomy when the urethra-prostate junction is removed. It is sound advice for men to “train” pelvic floor muscles well before surgery. Only 5% of men are “dry” after surgery whereas after 12 months post-surgery 80% are categorised as “dry”; the remainder have problems. Men should continue to “train” their pelvic floor muscles long after surgery. A simple exercise is to concentrate on contracting the muscles from the backbone to the penis area; this can be done sitting in a chair or standing while keeping abdomen and lateral muscles relaxed. Some 10-15% of men are unable to maintain continence by using pelvic floor muscles and a bladder sphincter or sling is required through surgery. Their effectiveness depends largely on the skill of the surgeon, and those who do it frequently should be sought. Radiation can affect micro blood vessels in the rectum and up to 5 years post radiation “leakage” may occur from the rectum and become a particular annoyance. Physiotherapists specialising in male continence problems associated with poor pelvic muscle action should be consulted when problems occur. In Canberra these specialists include: Maureen Bailey (Private), Tanya Marselli (Public), Irmina Nahon (Private, at Hawker). Dual specialists (i.e. male and female) are Marita O’Shea and Donna Hanlon.   

    • 15 March 2017 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was Dr Kate Hannan who is a Research Fellow in the ACRF Department of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. Kate discussed the current focus of her lab – ‘ribosome biogenesis’ - the process of making the machinery that can synthesise our cellular proteins, and how this is regulated in the cell. She described the way in which this basic research identified a new target for cancer therapy, RNA polymerase I. This resulted in the development of a first in class drug, CX-5461, which showed success in haematological malignancy models and led to a clinical trial. She indicated that the lab has also demonstrated efficacy in combination to treat a prostate cancer model, and gave an overview of where the lab will go next with these promising projects. A copy of the slides from her presentation can be downloaded from here as a 35 MB PDF file.
       
    • 19 October, 2016 - regular monthly meeting. Felicity Butt, Accredited Practising Dietician in the Nutrition Department at The Canberra Hospital was the guest speaker. She spoke about the broad based role of diet in the management of diseases such as prostate cancer and heart disease.
       
    • 21 September 2016 - annual general meeting plus regular meeting at which we screened the PCFA webcast Prostate Cancer: Diet, Supplements and Lifestyle
       
    • 17 August 2016 - Regular monthly meeting. Helen Tayler addressed members on mindfulness. Helen is Social Worker/Counsellor, Cancer Counselling Service, Belconnen Community Health Centre.
       
    • 20 July 2016 - Regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was Dr Lyn Austen, Director, Radiation Oncology, Canberra Hospital. Dr Austen reported on improved targeting techniques with External Beam Radiation, comparative outcomes,  side-effects, and reports on the possibility of colo-rectal outcomes from EBR.  She also informed members about PSMA scanning. Details about her talk will be provided in the August 2016 edition of our newsletter that will be available here.
       
    • Wednesday 15 June 2016. The Kayak Cameraman, Paul Jurak, told the 15 June meeting about how he has used activity and photography to help rebuild both his body and mind after enduring an intensive three month bout of chemotherapy due to testicular cancer. Paul had never paddled a kayak before then and very quickly discovered “how stunning it was to be on the water looking out ­rather than looking in”.
       
    • Wednesday 17 May 2016. Regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was urologist Dr Hodo Haxhimolla. He informed us about new and emerging procedures for detection and treatment of prostate cancer.
       
    • Wednesday 20 April 2016. Regular monthly meeting . The guest speaker was Fran Morson, Clinical Nurse Consultant, ACT Health. Fran informed us about management of incontinence for people who have had or plan to have prostate cancer surgery.
       
    • 17 June 2015. Regular monthly meeting. Guest speaker was Dr Hodo Haxhimolla, well-known Canberra urologist. Dr Haxhimolla told us about fusion biopsy procedures and treatment for erectile dysfunction. (Note: A quick search on the web led me to this informative article about fusion imaging: http://tinyurl.com/qj6jn9o I thought the contents might provide some useful background information on at least one approach to fusion imaging. Mike Boesen.)
       
    • 20 May 2015. Regular monthly meeting. Guest speaker was Andreea Ardeleanu who spoke to us about cancer counselling.  Andreea is the Acting Manager of the Canberra Psychosocial Service. The Cancer Psychosocial Service is located within The Canberra Hospital and works as part of a multidisciplinary team including Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatry. The service engages with patients who have a cancer diagnosis, their carers and families. The service values the importance of patient and family centred care within an adult patient setting, as well as collaboration with external service providers. See http://tinyurl.com/n6ketvj
       
    • 15 April 2015 - Regular monthly meeting. Guest speaker was Dr Anneke Blackburn, Head of the Cancer Metabolism and Genetics Group at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

    • 30 October 2014 - awareness presentation to the Weston Creek Mens Shed by group member Steve Sweet.
       
    • 29 October 2014 - Graham Erickson and Chris Hansen represented the group at a Parliamentary Friends Luncheon at Parliament House. This was an event promoting the listing of Radium 223 Dichloride on Medicare.
       
    • 18-19 October 2014 - Information marquee at the 2014 Murrumbateman Field Days - see pics on this page
       
    • 15 October 2014 - regular monthly meeting. We had an interesting guest speaker - Tanya Maselli.  Tanya is a Continence Physiotherapist in ACT Health’s Community Care Program.  In her talk Tanya discussed the role of physiotherapy pre- and post-prostatectomy, training and maintenance of pelvic floor muscles, and incontinence problems.
       
    • 24 September 2014 - George Kayaba and Aidan Moore represented the group at the PCFA's Big Aussie Barbie at Parliament House.
       
    • 17 September 2014. Annual general meeting.
       
    • 10 September 2014 - Daryl O'Brien represented the group at the Defence Force Show and Shine event (precursor to the 2014 Long Ride) at Russell Offices. (see pics on this page)
       
    • 20 August 2014 - regular monthly meeting. One of our members - Aidan Moore - informed us about his experiences during treatment for prostate cancer.  
       
    • 16 July 2014 - regular monthly meeting.  Glen Pidgeon told us a bit about his hopes and objectives in relation to his commitment to undertaking the Prostate Nursing Care postgraduate diploma level course provided by La Trobe University in the second semester of 2014. Glenn is currently working as a community nurse in Tuggeranong and is keen to work in this field.
       
    • 18 June 2014 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was well-known ACT urologist Dr. Hodo Haxhimolla who had only recently returned from an overseas study tour. He informed us about a number of matters including MRI fusion imaging, infection rates for biopsies, the PHI index and possible erosion of the eurthra as a consequence of installation of a urethral sling or artificial sphincter. He described a new device that allowed allows the pressure exerted on the urethra to be varied, so that risk of erosion can be reduced. 
       
    • 21 May 2014 - regular monthly meeting.  Canberra urologist Dr Ahmad Al-Sameraaii spoke to the meeting about recent developments in prostate cancer treatment. He gave detailed information about treatment of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), especially through the minimally invasive Urolift procedure (see here: http://www.urolift.com/urolift-system.html ). He also discussed in detail the urethral sling procedure, with particular attention being given to the second generation AdVance XP sling.
       
    • 16 April 2014 - regular monthly meeting.  One of our members - Michael Fullam-Stone - gave a presentation. He provided this description of his presentation: "Mind Over Body Healing: Thoughts  influence emotions. Emotions influence our body's chemistry and immune system. Thus we can nurture a psycho-physiology conducive to better health. Learn how to take control, think and heal. If you don’t take control of your thoughts and emotions others will influence them, perhaps adversel  'Two percent of people think, 3 % think that they think and 95% would rather die than think.' (Ken Macfarlane). Which percentile are you in and which would you like to be in?"
       
    • 19 February 2014 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was Dr Irmina Nahon. Irmina is Assistant Professor, Clinical Education Coordination at the University of Canberra and works as a pelvic floor physiotherapist with ACT Health. She discussed treatment of incontinence and the importance of exercise after radical prostatectomy.

    • 15 January 2014 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was Patricia Jones of Patrician Health.  She informed members about the impact of Mindset on mood, health, and relationships and provide some easy to learn strategies on how to choose (design) your Mindset at will.

    • 20 November 2013 - at our final monthly meeting in 2013 chiropractor Dr Shona Hutchison informed the group about treatment for stress. At the end of the meeting we had our usual end of year supper with lots of tucker and convivial discussion. A good time was had by all. Some pictures of Shona are here and of some of the people at the supper here.
       
    • 19 and 20 October 2013 we ran an information stall at the Murrumbateman Field Days. As has been the case in past years this event was a great opportunity to get information about prostate cancer out to the public, especially to people with rural interests.
       
    • 16 October 2013 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was Canberra urologist Dr Hodo Haxhimolla. He gave a very interesting presentation contrasting the three radical prostatectomy procedures - traditional laparoscopic, robotic laparoscopic and open surgery.
       
    • 22 September 2013 - we ran an information stall at the German Auto Fest. It was well attended and resulted in a donation of $455 cash from the VW Club, which also donated $1,200 directly to the PCFA.
       
    • 21 August 2013 - regular monthly meeting. The guest speaker was Emily Wilford. Emily is a Clinical Trials Coordinator and one of 13 staff at the Clinical Trials Unit at The Canberra Hospital. Emily informed the group about a very large clinical trial named ASPREE, (ASpirin PReventing Events in the Elderly. This is a trial of low dose aspirin being undertaken amongst people aged 70 or more in Australia and the USA. A selected set from the slides that were used in the presentation can be downloaded as a 500 KB PDF file from here. If you would like to volunteer to participate in this study please phone 1800 728 745. Details about the type of person being sought to participate are here ( http://tinyurl.com/n5q65pe ) and a copy of the ASPREE trial brochure can be downloaded as a 470 KB PDF file from our web site here.
       
    • 17 July 2013 - regular monthly meeting. Mike Boesen took us through the June 2013 version of Dr Joe Enis' great presentation entitled "Diet and lifestyle changes for patients with prostate cancer". Dr Enis originally made the presentation on 10 March 2012 to the NSW/ACT Prostate Cancer Support Group Chapter Conference in Tamworth, NSW. The March 2013 and June 2013 versions of his presentation can be downloaded from this page of our web site.
       
       
    • 19 June 2013 - regular monthly meeting. Guest speaker was Dr Shona Hutchinson, a Canberra Chiropractor. A copy of the slides that she used in her address can be downloaded as a 1.8 MB PDF file from here.
       
    • 15 May 2013 - regular monthly meeting. Guest speaker was urologist Dr Hodo Haxhimolla. He told us about new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, following a study tour undertaken recently in the USA. This included information about penile implants.
       
    • 12 May 2013 - awareness table at the Holden EJ-EF Car Club display at Queanbeyan Showground. Showing great generosity the club donated $940 to our group. That will be put to very good use in the work involved in increasing awareness about prostate cancer and providing support to sufferers of prostate cancer.
       
    • 20 April April 2013 - information marquee at the Golden Oldies Rugby Day at Hall Oval.
       
    • 20 March 2013 - regular monthly meeting. Guest speaker was Xuejing Huang (Jessica) who told us about the Prostate Nursing Care postgraduate diploma level course that she undertook at La Trobe University. The group provided some financial assistance to Jessica to assist her to undertake this course. She is a Registered Nurse employed by The Canberra Hospital. Details about the course can be downloaded as a 50 KB PDF file from here. A copy of the text in the presentation slides used by Jessica can be downloaded from here as a 188 KB PDF file.
       
    • 9 March 2013 - Awareness table at Bunnings Warehouse in Fyshwick.
       
    • 20 February 2013 - regular monthly meeting. Three of our members presented details about their experiences: Terry Bibo (sling, urethral sphincter); Roger Allnutt (radiation and hormone therapy); Peter Daley (EBRT and ADT). Their stories can be read about here.
       
    • 10 February 2013 - awareness table at the Canberra Multicultural Festival.
       
    • 16 January 2013 - regular monthly meeting - Guest speaker was Vivienne Van Dissel who was previously the Urology Coordinator at The Canberra Hospital and recently appointed as our one Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse. She informed members about her new role at the hospital and answered questions about the TCH's facilities and services for prostate cancer clients.
       
    • 21 November 2012 - regular monthly meeting - David Larkin from The Canberra Hospital (TCH) told us about urology services at The Canberra Hospital.
       
    • 13 November 2012 - awareness presentation at Hall Rotary Club
       
    • 20-21 October 2012 – awareness marquee at Murrumbateman Field Days. This is one of the most important awareness events in our calendar.  For many years our Group has attended the Field Days with great success – it provides an excellent opportunity to get the message out to country folk.
       
    • 18 October 2012 - awareness presentation to the Deafness Resource Center, Better Hearing Australia and The Cochlear Support Group ACT.
       
    • 23 September - awareness marquee and bucket collection at Shannon's German Auto Display.
       
    • 21 September 2012 - Politician's barbeque in Civic.
       
    • 20 September 2012 - PCFA barbeque at Parliament House.
       
    • 19 September 2012 - monthly and annual general meeting. Guest speaker was Dr Brandon Nguyen from The Canberra Hospital. He informed the group about the HDR Brachytherapy program now available at the hospital.  His original version of the presentation slides can be downloaded from our site here as a 12.7 MB PPS file. A black and white version that can be downloaded from our site here as a 3.5 MB PDF file.
       
    • 7 and 14 September 2012 – fund-raising BBQs at Bunnings Belconnen and Tuggeranong
       
    • 5, 10, 11 and 17 September 2012 - awareness presentations to workers at the Cotter Dam
       
    • 31 August 2012 – awareness marquee at Gowrie Holy Family School Fathers Day fete
       
    • 15 August 2012 - Monthly meeting, held at the ANU's John Curtin School of Medical Research. Staff at the School gave members a tour of the labs and a presentation on pharmacogenetics.
       
    • 18 July 2012 - Regular monthly meeting. Speakers: Sue and Haydon Daw from Better Hearing Australia, Canberra Group.
       
    • 20 June 2012 - regular monthly meeting. Group member Jeff Boundy, an experienced prostate care nurse gave a talk about ‘What is important for a healthy erectile function after prostate treatment’.
       
    • 12, 14 and 15 June: awareness tables at Bunnings Warehouse at Mitchell, Belconnen and Tuggeranong as part of Men’s Health Week activities. We joined with the OzHelp team of trained nurses who provided a “Tradies Tune Up” facility at four local Bunnings Warehouse stores.
    • 16 May 2012 - presentation to regular monthly meeting by urologist Dr Ahmad Al-Sameraaii. He informed the Group about the Da Vinci surgical system ("robotic system") that can be used to used in undertaking radical prostatectomies and other operations. He also informed us about the AMI Atoms sling. (Note from the web site administrator: A brief description of the Atoms sling system can be seen here. A YouTube video of the Atoms sling procedure can be seen here. Information about the Da Vinci surgical system is available through this link. It provides a brief text description of the system. The video that can be viewed on that page provides a comprehensive demonstration of the system.) 
       
    • 18 April 2012 - presentation to regular monthly meeting Professor Chris Parish, Leader of the Cancer and Vascular Biology Group at The John Curtin School of Medial Research. Professor Parrish is head of a program at JCSMR on cancer therapeutics and cancer vaccines. He is also in the process of establishing a bi-national research project with a group in Israel, which will allow the exchange of students and research personnel between the two countries.
       
    • 10 April 2012 - Prostate health awareness presentation made by Group member Jim Clough to 50 members of the Canberra Antique and Classic Motor Club.
       
    • 21 March 2012 - Presentation to our regular monthly meeting by one of our members - Daryl O'Brien - who spoke about Sleep Aponea.
       
    • March 9 to 11 2012 - the annual conference of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s NSW Chapter Council was held in Tamworth. Our Group was represented by President Peter Daley and wife Patricia.
       
    • 24-25 February 2012 - awareness marquee at the Canberra Show. A feature of this event was the auctioning of a Murray Grey steer that had been donated by Dr Sandra Johnson and Margaret Hunter of Elizabeth Fields Murray Grey Stud. The net proceeds of the auction are to be shared by our Group and the recently formed Wagga Wagga Group. The steer was bought by Sue and Paul Darmody, of the Bungendore Country Butchery. It was a most generous and welcome gesture on the part of Sandra, Margaret, Sue and Paul. Some pictures are here. Our group’s Steve Sweet was the Guest Speaker at the Murray Grey Association’s formal dinner on 24 February 2012.
       
    • 15 February 2012 - Presentation to regular monthly meeting by Dr Ben Rattray, exercise physiologist, researcher and lecturer at the University of Canberra. The theme of Ben's talk was the benefits of regular exercise before, during and after treatment for prostate cancer. A copy of the powerpoint presentation that Ben used is downloadable as a 354 KB PDF file from our site here and the fact sheet on exercises relevant to pre-treatment and post-treatment for prostate cancer, published by Exercise is Medicine Australia can be downloaded from their web site here. Some information about "The Man Plan" program that Ben referred to in his talk can be read on page 5 of the March 2011 issue of Prostate Cancer News, published by the Queensland Chapter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (see here ). 
       
    • 12 February 2012 – awareness marquee at the Canberra Multicultural Festival. See here for some pics.
        
    • 3 February 2012 - awareness marquee at Manuka Oval where the Prime Minister’s XI cricket team was scheduled to play Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, the match never eventuated due to rain. However, our members were able to provide information about prostate cancer health to lots of folk as they entered the oval. A few pictures are shown here.
       
    • November 2011 - breakfast BBQ for tradesmen at Bunnings Tuggeranong.
       
    • 11 November 2011 - awareness tent at Federation Mall when The Long Ride bikers were in Canberra.
       
    • 8 November 2011 - awareness presentation at Kambah Lions club.
       
    • 19 October 2011 - Presentation to regular monthly meeting by oncologist Dr Paul Craft. Dr Craft’s precis of his address: “There are a number of new treatments for prostate cancer that are becoming available right now, including chemotherapy options. Although not major breakthroughs, these new treatments are quite exciting for prostate cancer, where progress has been pretty slow in the past.  Also we have a few trials open in prostate cancer that I can mention (these are testing new treatments for men where all of the standard treatments have been exhausted).” A copy Dr Craft’s presentation can be downloaded from here as a 3.7 MB PDF file. Pictures taken at the meeting can be seen here.
       
    • 23 September 2011 – Barbecue stall at Bunnings, Belconnen
       
    • 21 September 2011 - Presentation to regular monthly meeting by Canberra urologist Dr Ahmad Al-Sameraaii. He discussed devices that are being used to treat chronic incontinence. Amongst the devices he discussed was a relatively new one - the new ATOM device. The annual general meeting was held after this meeting. See here and here for a few pictures.  
        
    • 18 September 2011 awareness marquee and bucket collection at the Shannons German Autofest on the Patrick White lawns adjacent to the Australian National Library. See here for some pics.
         
    • 16 September 2011 – ACT Legislative Assembly Opposition Barbecue in Civic. See here for more information and pictures.
        
    • 10 September 2011 - Barbecue stall at Bunnings, Tuggeranong.
       
    • 17 August 2011 - Presentation to regular monthly meeting by Vivienne van Dissel - specialist prostate cancer nurse. Vivienne attended an international urological conference in Melbourne recently and reported to the Group about the many interesting sessions at the conference. Vivienne is currently the only specialist prostate cancer care nurse in ACT Health (a second is soon to be appointed).
       
    • 20 July 2011 - Presentation to regular monthly meeting by Dr Lyn Austen, radiation oncologist at the the Canberra Hospital. Dr Austen informed members about the role of brachytherapy in the treatment of prostate cancer. A black and white copy of her presentation slides can be downloaded from here as a 1.8 MB PDF file.
       
    • 15 June 2011 - Presentation to regular monthly meeting by Fran Morson of the ACT Department of Health. Fran is a Specialist Nurse trained in Prostate Care and Treatment. She is attached to the Continence Unit at ACT Health. Fran informed the group about about the bi-monthly information sessions that are provided by ACT Health for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and about post-treatment services that are available. More details about these services are here.
       
    • 9, 13 and 15 June 2011 - Presentations to Queanbeyan Fire Brigade members
       
    • 4 Jun Presentation to Vietnamese Seniors at Civic ACT
       
    • 1 June 2011 - Presentation to St John Vianny Seniors at Waramanga
       
    • 19 May 2011 - Presentation to Lions Club, Gunghalin 18 May 2011
       
    • Presentation to regular monthly meeting by urologist Dr Hodo Haxhimolla. Dr Haxhimolla informed the group about a robotic biopsy device which its manufacturer claims has benefits of increased accuracy and lowered risk of infection or haematuria (see manufacturer’s details here: http://www.biobotsurgical.com ). He informed the group about a new technique of MRI guided biopsies. He also discussed urethral slings as a method of addressing persistent incontinence. Dr Haxhimolla expressed the view that slings had some advantages over the artificial sphincter device. He indicated that he was examining a new type of sling - the ATOMS, made by AMI (Agency for Medical Innovations). This sling can be adjusted through injection of a fluid into a reservoir that is part of the implanted device (see manufacturer’s video here).
       
    • 18 May 2011 - Awareness stall at ‘Claiming the Day Expo’ held at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden ACT
       
    • 2 May 2011 - Presentation to staff at Deane’s Bus Lines, Queanbeyan, NSW
       
    • 26 April 2011 - Presentation to CatholicCare Group at Aranda, ACT
       
    • 20 April 2011 - Regular monthly meeting. There was no guest speaker for this meeting so the Ps, Qs and Is (Problems, Questions, Information) format was given its first airing: general business was followed by an early supper break during which members were encouraged to write topics for discussion on the white board. Then members discussed each topic, providing information and suggestions of much interest to those present.
       
    • 16 April 2011 - Awareness stall at Wellbeing Expo held at Cooma Showground, NSW 
       
    • 18, 19, 20 March 2011 - Annual General Meeting and Conference of the NSW/ACT Prostate Support Groups affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia was held at Rydge’s Lakeside. Led by Peter and Patricia Daley, a number of members of the Group assisted in the registration processes and attended the sessions which were very informative. Mike Boesen was a presenter at an optional session on Saturday 19 March. He informed those attending about the development of the Group’s web site. A precis of the presentation can be downloaded from here as a 252 KB PDF file. A copy of the presentation slides can be downloaded from here as a 2 MB PDF file. Pics of the event will be posted to the web site soon.
       
    • 16 March 2011 - presentation to the regular monthly meeting by Bill Caddey (a walking coordinator for the Heart Foundation) on the Foundation’s walking program and other aspects of heart health - all very relevant for prostate cancer survivors. A copy of Bill’s presentation can be downloaded from here as a 1.3 MB file in PDF format. A higher resolution version can be downloaded from here as a 6.9 MB file in PDF format. Details about the Walking program can are here: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/sites/walking/Pages/default.aspx
       
    • 16 February 2011 - Presentation to regular monthly meeting by Dr Adrian Wright from City Family Practice. Dr Wright gave a GP’s perspective on prostate issues.
       
    • 14 February20121- Presentation to CatholicCare Group at Calvary Retirement Village.
       
    • 12 February 2011 - Awareness table at the National Multicultural Festival.
       
    • 9 February 2011 - Presentation to CatholicCare Group at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Pearce ACT
       
    • 19 January 2011 - presentation to first monthly meeting for 2011 by Physiotherapist Irmina Nahon.
       
    • 10 January 2011 - Awareness table at Prime Minister’s XI cricket match at Manuka Oval, Canberra.
       
    • 27 November 2010 - Awareness table at Summer Cancer Forum at the Australian National Library.
       
    • 24 November 2010 - presentation to staff at the Dept. of Finance & Deregulation.
       
    • 17 November 2010presentation at our regular monthly meeting by Vivienne Van Dissel, Prostate Cancer Nurse and Urology Coordinator at The Canberra Hospital
       
    • 20 October 2010 - presentation at our regular monthly meeting by Megan Evans of the ACT Palliative Care Society Inc.
       
    • 16 and 17 October 2010 - information stall at Murrumbateman Field Days.
       
    • 16 October 2010 - information stall at Coodabeen Champions broadcast of challenge matches at Ainslie Oval.
       
    • 13 October 2010 - information stall at AFL Masters’ Carnival golf day at Vikings Capital Golf Club, Narrabundah.
       
    • 12 October 2010 -information stall at AFL Masters Carnival football at Duntroon Oval
       
    • 10 October 2010 -information stall at Men’s Wellbeing Expo at Kings Park
       
    • 24 September 2010 - ACT Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher hosted BBQ outside King O’Malleys in Civic. Proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. This was a good awareness raising event.
       
    • 18 September 2010 - Awareness stall/BBQ at Bunnings Belconnen
       
    • 15 September 2010 - Presentation to monthly meeting by Dr Hodo Haxhimolla, well-known Canberra urologist. Dr Haxhimolla addressed a wide range of topics of considerable interest to the audience.
       
    • 10 September 2010 - Awareness stall/BBQ at Bunnings Fyshwick.
       
    • 8 September 2010 - Awareness Stall at SHOUT’s Self Help and Awareness Day at the Community Centre at Cooleman Court, Weston.
       
    • 2 September 2010 - Official launch of this web site and the group’s new brochure by Katy Gallagher, MLA Minister for Health and Deputy Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory. The Minister’s press release is here.
       
    • 18 August 2010 - presentation to monthly meeting by Patrick Blackall of Independence Australia. Patrick informed the group about the products and services offered by his company.  These centre on providing people with the ability to regain and extend their independence after accident or injury including products relating to management of incontinence.
       
    • Presentation about exercise for older adults - by Helen Palethorpe of the YMCA to the 21 July 2010 monthly meeting. A copy of Helen’s presentation slides can be downloaded as a 98 KB PDF file from here.
       
    • Presentation by Trevor Rodgers and Janenne Hamilton of Relationships Australia to the 16 June 2010 monthly meeting. The presenters discussed relationship issues as they could apply to men who have undertaken treatment for prostate cancer.
       
    • Presentation about the group’s activities made to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority - by group members Peter Daley and Chris Hansen on 16 June 2010.
       
    • Presentation about imaging - by Dr David McKenna to the 19 May 2010 monthly meeting. Dr McKenna specialises in prostate imaging. He explained what techniques are available, their advantages and limitations and some new developments in imaging. Picture here.
       
    • Information stand at the Cooma Mens’ Health Expo at the Cooma Showground. 17 April 2010. Picture here.
       
    • Information stand at WHEELS 2010 car display 21 March 2010 held on the lawns of Old Parliament House, Canberra. As in 2009, the Council of ACT Motor Clubs in association with the Shannon’s Insurance Group very kindly selected our organisation as the recipient charity.
       
    • Information stall at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra on 7 February 2010. Pictures here.
       
    • In 2009 the group provided funding support to seven ACT nurses who undertook a La Trobe University distance education course in prostate cancer support.
       
    • Together with ACT Bosom Buddies, managed the Fernleigh Open Garden Weekend on 5-6 December 2009.
       
    • Help given in 2009 and 2010 in establishment of a Cooma Prostate Cancer Support Group.
       
    • Prostate cancer awareness presentation made to staff at the Australian National Library - by group members Jim Clough, Rosemary Sweet and Steve Sweet on 11 November 2009.
       
    • Information stand at Murrumbateman Field Days on 17-18 October 2009
       
    • Presentation about recent developments in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer - by urologist Dr Hodo Haxhimolla to the 16 September 2009 monthly meeting.
       
    • Submission to the ACT Minister for Health requesting the creation of Prostate Cancer Care Nurse positions in the ACT in September 2009. See details here.
       
    • Presentation about incontinence - by physiotherapist Irmina Nahon to the 19 August 2009 monthly meeting.
       
    • Information stand at Bluebell pharmacies in support of the pharmacy’s displays relating to prostate cancer - June 15 to 22, 2009.
       
    • Presentation about the group’s activities made to staff at the CSIRO - by group member Steve Sweet in May 2009
       
    • Presentation about the group’s activities made to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - by group member Jim Clough in May 2009
       
    • Presentation about Prostate Cancer Nursing Course undertaken through La Trobe University - by Rachel Bilton RN - to the 20 May 2009 monthly meeting.
       
    • Presentation on surgical advances in the treatment of incontinence - by Dr Simon McCredie to the 18 March 2009 monthly meeting.

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