Meetings and Coffee Mornings

Monthly meetings

Our monthly meetings are normally held at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, except in December when there is no meeting. They are normally held in Room 22, Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, 3 Collett Place, Pearce, ACT 2607. The meeting location is shown here.

Our meetings generally last for about two hours, including tea and coffee at the end of the meeting.   Everyone is welcome ― members, non-members, carers, friends, ‘just interested’, etc.

There is no normally need to ask about attending – simply turn up! However, during the pandemic, our meetings are limited to 15 people attending in person to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus but you can still join us from home via Zoom. To help us during the pandemic, could you please register if you wish to attend the meeting, either in person or on Zoom, by emailing secretary@prostate-cancer-support-act.net. If you are attending via Zoom, we’ll send you a link so that you can join.

Our next monthly meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday 21 October at our usual location at Pearce (see above).

If you want to talk to someone in the meantime, please contact our President or Secretary.

What happens at our meetings

At our meetings, a wide range of topics is discussed in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Those present include men who have undergone the most common treatments for prostate cancer and their partners.  They are willing to discuss their experiences and views with you and to offer support during the diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation phases.  

About 20 to 30 people attend each meeting and include women as well as men, noting our current in-person limitations due to COVID-19. No invitation is required; anyone is welcome to simply turn up. 

Discussion topics

Discussion covers a wide range of topics including: 

  • risk factors for prostate cancer
  • indicators and detection of prostate cancer (e.g. through PSA testing, DRE, biopsy)
  • treatment options and their availability
  • pre-treatment preparation
  • post-treatment care and rehabilitation
  • management and remediation of any post-treatment side effects (e.g. incontinence or erectile dysfunction)
  • possibility and likelihood of recurrence of prostate cancer after treatment

At most meetings, people who have special expertise in a matter of interest are invited to address the meeting.  Such people include urologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, physiotherapists, prostate cancer nurses, exercise specialists and others.  We thank the very many health professionals who contribute their valuable time to our meetings.

Coffee mornings

Our coffee mornings take place at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) and alternate between the Woden and Jamison venues of the Canberra Southern Cross Club.  All are welcome to attend.

Our next coffee morning

Our next coffee morning will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, 10 November at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, WODEN. Come along – we’d love you to join us for a chat.