07 July 2016

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia launches 'Community Conversations' in Adelaide

Thursday 7 July 2016: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) has chosen Adelaide as the host of the inaugural Community Conversations, an event that aims to connect the Australian community with leading researchers to share the latest findings in the field.

PCFA is encouraging people to attend the free event, which will take place on Friday 12 August 2016 at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). The open, interactive forum will give attendees access to the latest information on prostate cancer and the latest trends on the management of the disease.

This is the first time that PCFA has created a platform where researchers specialising in prostate cancer can address an audience impacted by the disease and share the latest medical advances related to prostate cancer detection, treatment and management.

According to Associate Professor Anthony Lowe, Chief Executive Officer of PCFA, it is important for Australians to be given the opportunity to interact with Australian researchers and get an understanding of what research projects are supported by PCFA.

"PCFA supports world leading research into prostate cancer and we feel it is important to allow people in the community who have been affected by the disease to hear the latest news direct from the source," said Associate Professor Lowe.

"When a family is faced with a prostate cancer diagnosis, being exposed to the latest research can help put you in a better position to participate in decisions about treatment. The Community Conversations event in Adelaide will bring together researchers, members of the public and PCFA representatives to deliver information about prostate cancer from a range of perspectives."


Community Conversations: Key details

Date: Friday 12 August 2016
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm, registration commences at 9:00am
Location: South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), North Terrace Adelaide

Event highlights
* Panel session Q&A with healthcare professionals about living with prostate cancer
*Tours of the state-of-the-art SAHMRI facilities
*Complimentary lunch and refreshments


The Community Conversations event will be hosted by columnist and former ABC Radio presenter Carole Whitelock OAM. Diet and nutrition recommendations will be covered to help manage the ongoing impact of prostate cancer, plus Rosa Matto from SA Life who will share simple and nutritious meal ideas for men living with prostate cancer.

Ian Wagner, Adelaide-based prostate cancer survivor and PCFA National Board member says the event will help many who have been impacted by the disease.

"Living with prostate cancer is an ongoing journey, and there are challenges we all tackle. For me, meeting others that have faced similar experiences and sharing our stories has been important and I am pleased that PCFA is providing opportunity for us to connect at this Community Conversations forum."

Associate Professor Lowe added, "PCFA is thrilled to host this new event at South Australia’s flagship health and medical research institute, where some of the most promising research for prostate cancer is being undertaken. We look forward to rolling out Community Conversations in other states and territories over the next two years."

Registration to the Community Conversations event is essential. To book your place, visit www.pcfa.org.au/communityconversations or call 1800 22 00 99 (free call).