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 for the time being, although we are hopeful that they will resume in August.

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 and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our next meeting will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday 16 September at our usual location at Pearce (see above). Our speaker will be Neil Walker, whose presentation will be based on his Master’s thesis and will discuss the range of radiological treatment methods available to us today in layman’s terms. His presentation will then be followed by our AGM.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT, there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend the meeting at Pearce. But you can also attend by videoconference on Zoom. Please register if you wish to attend the meeting, either in person or on Zoom, by emailing:

president@prostate-cancer-support-act.net

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

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, 8 September at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, WODEN. Because of COVID-19 restrictions on numbers in clubs, and so that we can make the necessary booking at the club, please register by noon on Monday 7 September by emailing:

president@prostate-cancer-support-act.net