Meetings and Coffee Mornings

Monthly meetings

Regular 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. However, because of measures being taken to limit the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), our monthly meetings have been suspended until further notice. Nonetheless, we will be trialling meetings using video conferencing technology from May 2020. See below.

Meetings are normally held in Room 22, Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, 3 Collett Place, Pearce, ACT 2607. The meeting location is shown here.

Meetings generally last for about two hours, including tea and coffee at the end of the meeting.   All men and women are welcome to attend our meetings ― members, non-members, carers, friends, ‘just interested’, etc. There is no need to ask about attending – simply turn up!

Our next monthly meeting

Our next meeting will be at 7 pm on Wednesday 20 May and will be held using videoconferencing technology, subject to sufficient numbers. Our speaker will be exercise physiologist, Assistant Professor Dr Kellie Toohey from the University of Canberra.

To attend, please advise attendance by Sunday 17 May to: president@prostate-cancer-support-act.net. You will then be an invitation and instructions on how to attend the meeting. If you have any questions/issues you would like to discuss at the meeting, please also indicate what these are and we will try to cover them

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. 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

In addition to our monthly meetings, we also normally organise regular informal coffee and chat mornings, although these have now been suspended until COVID-19 restrictions have been eased. Our coffee mornings normally take place at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month (except January). 

Our next coffee morning

Our in-person coffee mornings have been suspended until COVID-19 restrictions have been eased. But a ‘virtual’ coffee morning at 10 am on Tuesday 12 May. If you would like to join us for this meeting, please email president@prostate-cancer-support-act.net by noon on Monday, 11 May and you will be sent an invitation and instructions.