NEW PROGRAM SET TO DELIVER BETTER PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT TO GAY COMMUNITY


Queensland gay and bisexual men living with prostate cancer and their partners will soon benefit from a new support program funded by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). This new group will deliver improved support to men and their partners from the gay living with prostate cancer in the Brisbane area.

The PCFA Gay/Bisexual Men’s Prostate Cancer Initiative (GBMPCI) has the support from ACON, Cancer Council NSW, Cancer Council Victoria, Victorian AIDSs Council, La Trobe University, Monash University, the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand and Male Care USA.

The initiative aims to improve awareness of prostate cancer risk and provide access to support for individuals and their partners who have either been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or have survived it.

A one day workshop will be held on December 8 at the Cancer Council Queensland’s office 553 Gregory Terrance, Fortitude Valley to share findings from  initial consultations conducted with gay/bisexual men. The workshop will provide opportinities,  for men to share their stories and discuss their support needs and work towards establishing an ongoing support group in Brisbane and nearby areas.

The workshop will befacilitated  by Greg Millan who is collaborating with PCFA on initiatives for gay and bisexual men. PCFA has e already established support groups for gay/bisexual men  in Sydney and Melbourne and plans are underway to conduct workshops to establish more support groups for gay/bisexual men in collaboration with PCFA’s Support Group and Outreach Coordinators responsible for the development of support groups  in capital cities and major regional areas in 2013.

Dr Anthony Lowe, PCFA’s Chief Executive,  says  “It is essential that PCFA works with men from the gay community who are affected by prostate cancer so that we are not making assumptions about their prostate cancer support needs and to ensure that we are delivering a program that provides the best source of support for this community”.

In light of the prevalence of prostate cancer in Australia, Dr Lowe emphasised the importance of developing initiatives like the GBMPCI so men from a variety of communities have easy access to support.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare , each year around 20,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and close to 3,300 men die as a direct result of the disease.

“With prostate cancer affecting such a vast number of Australian men and their loved ones, it is now time for PCFA and its partners to reach out to men in all communities so we can deliver an improved level of support.” said Dr Lowe.

The free workshop on December 8 at the Cancer Council Queensland’s office 553 Gregory Terrance, Fortitude Valley will run from 10 am – 4.30 pm. Information, refreshments and lunch are provided.

Registration is essential and interested men should contact Greg Millan at greg@menshealthservices.com.au  or phone  0417 772 390 for more information and to register.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER, SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR, VISIT WWW.PROSTATE.ORG.AU, OR FREE CALL 1800 22 00 99.

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