Author: John Shields
I started our Support Group after I was diagnosed back in May 2003. One of the first things that I wanted to do was to find the nearest Prostate Cancer Support Group so that my wife and I could talk with other Men and Women who were already on the Prostate Cancer "journey". The only Prostate Cancer Support Group in Adelaide was at Burnside Hospital which is a 45 minute drive from here. On the way home I said to Phyllis that I was thinking about starting a Support Group here in the city of Onkaparinga (population 150,000), and she said, well why don't you, so I did.
We were invited by a Social Worker to a meeting with the Chief Social Worker at Noarlunga Health Services and asked if we would like them to be our sponsor. We accepted, and with excellent help from The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the Cancer Council South Australia, and the PSA Adelaide Group, we had our first meeting in October 2003.
Our local Urologist, Doctor David Elder, was guest Speaker at our first meeting and has been very supportive ever since. We do have Guest Speakers at most of our meetings, however the main focus of our Group is to Support each other so we make sure that we have quality time together at each meeting.
Meetings are normally first Wednesday of the month except Jan. They are held in the Boardroom at Noarlunga Community Hospital, Alexander Kelly Drive Noarlunga from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm.
In June and December we enjoy a luncheon get-together at a venue to be decided, usually on the first Sunday of the month at 12.30 pm.
Onkaparinga Support Group Site
The views expressed on the Prostate Cancer Support - City of ONKAPARINGA Group's website are those of that Support Group and are not necessarily those of the PCFA.
Location of Meeting
Noarlunga Community Hospital
Alexander Kelly Drive
Noarlunga SA 5168
Malcolm Ellis Chairman
08 8326 5588 or 0416 268 601
John Shields Treasurer
08 8382 6671